FINDLAY, Ohio – Many shooting ranges with public access in Ohio remain open for those who want to enjoy the shooting sports and get outdoors, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
Visitors are encouraged to follow all social distancing guidelines and respect others personal space while at a shooting range. State-owned public shooting ranges are recommended to no more than 10 participants at a time.
A shooting range permit is required to shoot at Class A (supervised rifle and pistol), Class B (unsupervised rifle and pistol) and Class C target ranges (unsupervised clay target shotgun). A shooting range permit is not required at Class D (unsupervised archery) or other ranges not classified by the Division of Wildlife (other fees or purchases may apply).
Purchase an annual or daily shooting range permit at wildohio.gov or any location where hunting and fishing licenses are sold. An annual permit costs $24 and a daily permit is $5. An annual shooting range permit and hunting license combo is available to Ohio residents for $29.12.
Northwest Ohio public shooting ranges currently open:
.Wildlife District Two office archery range (Hancock County). This range is located behind the Wildlife District Two office and is provided free of charge and open during daylight hours.
.Oxbow Lake Wildlife Area clay target shotgun range (Defiance County). The unsupervised clay target shotgun range is open during daylight hours and a shooting range permit is required.
.Resthaven Wildlife Area clay target shotgun range (Erie County). The unsupervised clay target shotgun range is open during daylight hours and a shooting range permit is required.
Shooters are reminded to follow all posted rules and regulations when visiting a shooting range. Most Division of Wildlife shooting ranges are unsupervised.
State owned supervised Class A ranges (Deer Creek Wildlife Area, Grand River Wildlife Area, Woodbury Wildlife Area) are temporarily closed.