DELAWARE, Ohio (WCMH) - Renovation of the Delaware Shooting Range has begun and should be completed by the end of 2020, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
Contractors have been doing site preparation so environmental remediation efforts can begin this spring.
The Division of Wildlife is working within the framework approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which owns the property where the range is located.
Once the environmental remediation work has been completed, the Division of Wildlife plans to begin upgrades to the range this summer.
The new multi-million-dollar range will include:
- 4 clay-target hand trap fields
- 30 shooting positions at 100-yard range
- 24 positions at 25-yard range
- 36 positions at 50-foot pistol range
- 20 positions at the 90-meter archery range
- 14 position 3-D archery walkthrough course with elevated shooting positions
- New education and training center featuring an indoor archery range and classroom.
“While the Delaware range is closed, please visit one of the other public shooting ranges,” said Korey Brown, Wildlife District One Supervisor. “To help fill the shooting void that was created by the temporary closure of the Delaware Shooting Range, the Cardinal Shooting Center will honor the Division of Wildlife’s one-day and annual shooting range permits for one hour, Thursday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. until dusk.”
A class “A” range requires a shooting range permit for all persons 18 years or older. Permits are available at all hunting and fishing license outlets and online at wildohio.gov.
For additional notifications and shooting opportunities visit: wildohio.gov/ranges. For questions about the Delaware Shooting Range, call the Wildlife District One office at: 614-644-3925.
The Division of Wildlife is committed to providing safe and quality shooting opportunities for Ohioans while remaining good stewards of the environment.
Funding for these ranges comes from the sale of hunting licenses and through the Federal Wildlife Restoration Act. Excise taxes are collected from the sale of firearms and ammunition and are returned to Ohio for wildlife management and shooting range projects.