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March 24, 2016

Fish & Wildlife Grants Available to Improve Shooting Ranges

Vermont Fish & Wildlife is offering shooting range improvement grants to create more access to safe places to shoot.

Developed last year to encourage upgrades of shooting ranges to enhance their safety and operation, the Shooting Range Improvement Grant Program seeks submissions from shooting clubs, sportsmen's groups and government agencies involved in the operation of shooting ranges, including archery ranges, until 4:30 p.m. on May 16. The grant period begins July 1, 2016.

Eligible projects include shooting range re-development, noise abatement structures, safety berms, shooting pads and stations, and the construction or improvement of access roads and parking lots. Grant money can be also used for lead mitigation, such as recycling, reducing range floor surface drainage or liming range property.

A total of $40,000 is available this year. These funds are derived from federal excise taxes on hunting and shooting equipment.

Ranges that receive one of these grants must provide at least 20 hours of public use per month when in operation, and be open at reasonable times to hunter education courses.

For further information or to download an application packet, visit the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department website at www.vtfishandwildlife.com. Click on "Hunt," and then on "Shooting Ranges." Or, contact Daneil Pieterse at (802) 272-6923.

Media contacts: Daneil Pieterse (802) 272-6923; Steve Gomez (802) 595-0797

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: March 24, 2016 16:30:21