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ODFW: Shooting Ranges Apply For Grants Through March 17
Non-profit shooting ranges based in Oregon may apply for a cost-share grant to improve their facilities. The deadline to apply is 5pm on March 17th. The application can be found online at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/education/hunter/range_development.asp
The ODFW grants $80,000 to Oregon shooting ranges each year. Last year’s grants were used to help Douglas Ridge Rifle Club in Eagle Creek purchase a portable classroom and for Siuslaw Rod and Gun Club in Florence to purchase and install a covered building near the firing line.
The program is funded through the Wildlife Restoration Act, a federal excise tax on hunting equipment that is distributed to states based on their number of licensed hunters. Grants are available for shooting ranges that maintain a non-profit status and provide access to the public and hunter education class instructors and participants.
Decisions on projects to fund are made by the Shooting Range Development Advisory Committee, which includes members from sportsman and shooting groups, ODFW and Oregon State Police.