Georgia DNR Shooting Ranges and Land Access Information

DNR Shooting Range Amenities

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offers the following types of recreational shooting ranges:

  • Archery Ranges
  • Target Firearms Ranges

Range Usage Rules

  • Rules and regulations are prominently displayed on-site at all DNR ranges.
  • Mandatory hearing and eye protection while at any firearms shooting range.

Range Information and Operating Hours

For detailed information on specific range rules, hours of availability, and locations, guests can:

  • Visit the official DNR website: GoHuntGeorgia.com
  • Call DNR for assistance: 706-557-3355

Range enthusiasts are encouraged to utilize these facilities to practice their shooting and archery skills.

Land Access Licensing Requirements

Individuals aged 16 or older entering a Wildlife Management Area (WMA) or Public Fishing Area (PFA) are required to have either:

  • A valid hunting or fishing license, or
  • A Lands Pass (some exceptions apply)

For a comprehensive list of public properties and precise access stipulations, refer to www.georgiawildlife.com/LandAccess.

The DNR aims to provide guests with safe and well-maintained ranges for recreational use and encourages shooters to adhere to all posted guidelines for the enjoyment and safety of all visitors.

Georgia DNR Archery Ranges

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources operates numerous archery ranges across the state. These facilities provide archers with a place to practice their skills in various settings, from state parks to wildlife management areas. Below is a list of DNR archery ranges:

  • Amicalola Falls State Park
  • Bullard Creek WMA
  • Chickasawhatchee WMA
  • Clarks Hill WMA
  • Clybel WMA
  • Coosawattee Carters Lake WMA
  • Dodge County Public Fishing Area (PFA)
  • Evans County PFA
  • Flat Creek PFA
  • General Coffee State Park
  • Georgia Veterans State Park
  • J. L. Lester WMA
  • McDuffie PFA
  • Ocmulgee WMA
  • Oconee WMA
  • Panola Mountain State Park
  • Richmond Hill WMA
  • Rich Mountain WMA—Cartecay Tract
  • River Bend WMA
  • Rocky Mountain PFA
  • Unicoi State Park
  • Victoria Bryant State Park
  • Walton WMA

Archery enthusiasts are encouraged to utilize these facilities to improve their archery technique and enjoy the sport in a safe environment. For additional information on the locations, operating times, and specific rules about each range, visitors should consult the DNR website or contact the appropriate state park or WMA office.

Georgia DNR Firearms Ranges: Locations and Operating Hours

Beaverdam, Big Hammock, and Bullard Creek WMAs

  • Range Hours: Daylight hours

Cedar Creek WMA

  • Range Hours:
    • Thursday–Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • CLOSED: Mondays–Wednesdays, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, & Christmas

Mike Commander (Chickasawhatchee), Clybel, Dixon Memorial, Richmond Hill, West Point, and Wilson Shoals WMAs

  • Range Hours:
    • Tuesday–Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • CLOSED: Mondays, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, & Christmas

Cohutta WMA

  • Range Hours: Sunrise to sunset daily; $5 per shooter fee.
    • CLOSED: Tuesdays until noon.

Big Lazer Creek, Hannahatchee, Mayhaw, Ocmulgee, and Yuchi WMAs

  • Range Hours: Tuesday–Sunday: sunrise to sunset
    • CLOSED: Mondays

John’s Mountain WMA

  • Range Hours:
    • May 1-Aug. 31: 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
    • Sept. 1-April 30: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; $5 per shooter fee.
    • CLOSED: Sundays

Firearms enthusiasts should take note of the specific operating hours for each range. Outside these hours, ranges are closed to ensure safety and compliance with Georgia DNR management practices. Always check for the latest updates before planning your visit, as schedules can change due to holidays, maintenance, and special events.

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