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Tuesday, October 18 • 11:40am - 12:00pm
Education/Outreach. Honey Island Shooting Range: An alternative strategy for public shooting range management

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AUTHORS: John E. Sturgis, Bradley Jackson - Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries

ABSTRACT: The Honey Island Shooting Range (HISR) is a nine acre recreational shooting complex located on the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area in Southeast Louisiana. This facility is owned by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and operated by a third party, non-profit organization. Since 1994, a lease and operating agreement has existed between LDWF and Southeast Louisiana Firearms Safety, Inc. (SELFS) assigning operational authority of this range to SELFS. This cooperative agreement has benefited LDWF and range users by reducing staffing needs while simultaneously providing active, on site, range management. The SELFS organization recruits and trains volunteers to safely operate the range, and teaches hunter education courses to the general public. The usage of a non-profit third party entity for management purposes has resulted in substantial savings in both money and manpower, as well as generating volunteer hours which are used to match Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid Funds. HISR serves as a potential range management model for state agencies attempting to expand public shooting opportunities while minimizing agency expenses.

Tuesday October 18, 2016 11:40am - 12:00pm

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