September 22, 2005
Opportunities for recreational shooters are increasing with the addition of the
South Sandy Shooting Range in north Hale County on the Oakmulgee Wildlife
Management Area. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the
USDA-Forest Service will hold a dedication ceremony to officially open the South
Sandy Public Shooting Range at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 12, 2005. The range
is located approximately five miles west of Duncanville on U.S. Forest Service
The range has 25- and 100-yard earthen embankments for rifles and pistols. The
firing line has an overhead roof structure and a concrete pad with 14 shooting
benches, including two benches to accommodate wheelchair-bound shooters. The
range also has a concrete pad for shotgun shooters to practice wing shooting and
other clay target events.
The range is operated through a partnership between the Department of
Conservation and Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife and Freshwater
Fisheries and the U.S. Forest Service. Range users must possess a valid state
hunting license, wildlife management area license, or pay the U.S. Forest
Service daily use fee of $3 at the self-service fee tube.
The Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries operates seven ranges on other
WMAs throughout Alabama and one in cooperation with the Etowah County Sheriff’s
office in Etowah County. The U.S. Forest Service operates six shooting ranges on
National Forests throughout Alabama.
The South Sandy Shooting Range will be open during daylight hours only. All
users must follow guidelines and regulations established by the U.S. Forest
Service and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. A bulletin
board listing all regulations is on site and also contains information regarding
other recreational opportunities available on the Oakmulgee Division.
Corky Pugh, Director of the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries and
Steve Rickerson, Alabama’s U.S. Forest Supervisor both agree that existing
ranges are highly utilized and this additional site will provide thousands of
recreational shooters the opportunity to enjoy Alabama’s shooting heritage in a
safe, user-friendly environment.
The new South Sandy Shooting Range has been added to the list of facilities on
Alabama’s Hunting and Fishing Trail for the Physically Disabled. The Trail has
been highly successful, and this additional site will afford even more
opportunities for individuals who might face barriers and difficulties at
conventional shooting ranges.
Governor Bob Riley praised the partnership between the state and federal
agencies and the construction of the range and its addition to the Trail.
“Alabama is actively pursuing partnerships to provide recreational shooting
opportunities for all Alabamians to enjoy our rich hunting and shooting sports
For more information on the South Sandy Shooting Range, call 205-339-5716 or
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise
stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through
five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and
Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.