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Huntington County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America

Private Shooting Range


Trespassers will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law – Video surveillance in use

Pursuant to safe operation of our range, all users shall exercise care, caution, and common sense at all times.  It is understood that each shooter is responsible for the results of the discharge of his/her firearm.  Range passes will be issued to members in good standing who have paid the annual range fee.  A current range card must be in the member’s possession while at the shooting range.

Range Rules

  1. Keep the muzzle of your gun pointed in the SAFEST direction at ALL times.

  2. All unholstered/unslung firearms shall be kept unloaded with actions open until just prior to firing on the firing line.

  3. Keep your finger OFF of the trigger and alongside the frame until ready to shoot.  “Ready to shoot” means your sights are aligned, you are aware of your target and what is BEYOND your target, and you have consciously decided to shoot.

  4. No rounds shall be fired above the bottom 3rd of the northern/northeastern backstop.  All rounds must be shot to the north/northeast as the biggest backstop is at the northern/northeastern end of the range.  Be aware of the height of every shot in relation to the height of the northern/northeastern backstop.  The horizon should NEVER be visible to the left or right of your target.

  5. NEVER attempt to fix a squib load at the range.  Call the Range Office for assistance.

  6. No alcoholic beverages or drugs are permitted at the range.  Anyone suspected of being under the influence at the range will answer to the County Sheriff.

  7. Under no circumstances shall glass be used as targets.  All paper targets shall be posted on the provided backer boards unless an event with an additional insurance policy is being held.

  8. There will be only one firing line at any one time and shooting will take place from designated areas only unless an event with an additional insurance policy is being held.

  9. Tracer and incendiary ammunition is prohibited.

  10. Do NOT shoot at living creatures, including trees.

  11. Use of firearms anywhere on chapter land other than designated shooting range or clay pigeon area is prohibited.

  12. Airborne targets are not permitted on the shooting range outside of an Izaak Walton event.

  13. Keep our range clean.  Used targets can be placed in metal barrels.  Designated plastic barrels can be used for spent casings.  The barrels are NOT to be shot.

  14. Hearing protection and eye protection MUST be worn during ALL shooting.  Sunglasses and prescription glasses qualify as eye protection.  No open-toed shoes or sandals are permitted on the range.  Be aware that expelled casings are hot enough to cause burns.

  15. A range pass carrying adult must supervise persons under the age of 18.

  16. Close the gate immediately after entering/exiting the range.  Do not give out the combination to the gate lock.  You must lock the gate when you leave.  Giving out the lock combination to non-range members will result in loss of range use.

  17. Guests are welcome on the ranges.  They must, however, be supervised by a range pass carrying member whenever on the range.  Maximum of 2 guests per member.  If a member wishes to have three or more guests, they may petition to rent the shooting range for a fee.  Additional rules apply.

  18. Shooting hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. or sunset, whichever is earlier.

  19. No shooting steel targets with pistol rounds within 10 yards unless using frangible ammunition.

  20. No shooting steel targets with rifle rounds within 25 yards unless using frangible ammunition.

  21. No shooting steel targets with shotguns unless using birdshot.

Violation of these rules and/or behavior that may be deemed hazardous may result in prosecution and/or the revocation of range privileges and chapter membership, subject to the judgment of the Range Officer.  The chapter board of directors may review contested cases.


Revised January 2022


These rules were voted on and approved by the Huntington chapter at our monthly meeting.  Please bring any suggestions to these meetings so we can continue to develop them in the best interest of the chapter and the community.  Safety concerns are always welcome.


John P Michaels

Chief Range Safety Officer

Range Master

Izaak Walton Huntington Chapter


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