MS Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks

Ground Broken for New Shooting Range in North Mississippi

Friday, September 09, 2016
From MDWFP


SARDIS - MDWFP, Winchester Ammunition, and the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (Foundation) recently held a ground breaking ceremony for McIvor Creek Shooting Facility.

Located on Charles Ray Nix Wildlife Management Area, McIvor will be Mississippi's third public shooting range owned and operated by MDWFP.  "This is an excellent example of how public, private, and corporate entities can partner on meaningful projects to serve the public's interest," said Dr. Sam Polles, MDWFP Executive Director. "Not only will this facility provide tremendous recreational opportunities for Mississippi's sporting public, but it will also bring economic growth to this area of the State.  It is a win, win for all concerned." 

Funding for the range facility was secured through a Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration grant with a significant contribution from Winchester Ammunition. Construction is expected to begin in September of this year.

"Winchester is honored to be the major donor to what will be an extremely impressive shooting range facility," said Tom O'Keefe, president of Winchester Ammunition. "This is an opportunity to provide avid outdoorsmen, women and youth, a safe and friendly environment in a state that deeply respects shooting sports activities. Our contribution underscores Winchester Ammunition roots in Mississippi and strong commitment to the citizens of the State."

Breaking

The preliminary layout of the shooting facility will include:

  • 15-station sporting clay range
  • Two skeet ranges, with a trap range overlaid in each
  • 5-stand range
  • Pistol range
  • 100 and 300-yard rifle ranges
  • 3D archery range

"This is a perfect example of how the Foundation can be a catalyst with industry, MDWFP, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop an outstanding venue for the state of Mississippi," said John E. Taylor, Foundation Chairman.    

 



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