The Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation, in partnership with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the City of Jacksonville cut the ribbon last week on a state-of-the-art shooting range facility located at the intersection of Loop Road and Graham Road in Jacksonville.
The facility will be used for shooting sports and archery, and is the largest of its kind in the state with 14 trap ranges, three skeet overlays and a learning center. The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by supporters of the range’s mission, including Governor Mike Beebe. The range is called the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Shooting Sports Complex.
"We are proud to celebrate the opening of this one-of-a-kind facility," said Randy Milligan, current Chairman of the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation. "This range will provide public access to shooting sports for many groups, including the Amateur Trapshooting Association and youth programs such as the Arkansas Youth Sporting Sports Program."
Arkansas leads the nation in youth shooting sports participants, thanks largely to the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program, which is an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission program, Milligan said.
Over 7,000 students participate in the program each year.
Teams are made up of participants from public and private schools, 4-H programs and other community organizations. The Junior Division is made up of sixth through eighth grade students, and the Senior Division is made up of ninth through twelfth grade students. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will utilize the range for activities and tournaments.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation supports the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and youth conservation efforts across the state. Efforts such as this partnership provide opportunities for youth to be introduced to and participate in outdoor conservation programs. Everyone is invited to be a part of the work of the Foundation through membership, contributions to the range’s capital campaign, and charitable giving.