Deer Creek shooting range closes for repairs
Columbus — Deer Creek Wildlife Area rifle and shotgun ranges in Fayette County will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, July 10. The closure is necessary to complete safety repairs that need to be made to the backstop area of the range.
“Weather permitting, we hope the necessary work will be completed in less than two weeks,” said Donna Daniel, ODNR Division of Wildlife assistant wildlife management supervisor.
While the Deer Creek Shooting range is closed , the division encourages people to visit one of the other Division of Wildlife owned class “A” ranges. In central Ohio, the Delaware Wildlife Area range in Delaware County is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Wednesday through Sunday. A class “A” range requires a shooting range permit for all persons 18 years or older. Shooters age 17 and under are not required to purchase a permit, but must be accompanied by and directly monitored by an adult (age 18 years or older) holding a valid shooting range permit. This permit is available at all hunting and fishing license outlets and online at wildohio.com. A complete list of all Division of Wildlife public shooting ranges can be found at wildohio.com.
The annual shooting range permit is $24 and allows the permit holder to access any of the Division of Wildlife’s Class “A” ranges throughout the year. A one-day shooting range permit is $5 and allows the permit holder to access a Class “A” range for one visit (the permit is valid only once). These permits partially offset the cost of the shooting range attendant, restroom facilities, maintenance, trash removal, and improvements.