SGL 24 - Forest Co.
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Address: SR 3004
Vowinckel, PA 16260
Range Type: Air Rifle, Small-Bore Rifle, Shotgun, Pistol, Rifle, Muzzleloader, Air Pistol, Small-Bore Pistol, Black Powder
Hours: 8 a.m. until sunset, Monday through Saturday, and noon to sunset on Sundays
Days Open: Monday thru Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Latitude: 41.37257 Longitude: -79.25667
Maximum Distance: 200 yards
Firing Points: 3
Handguns Allowed: Yes
Rifles Allowed: Yes
Range Status: Open
From Rte 36 at Newmansville, turn North onto Nebraska Road. At the first intersection, turn right onto Golinza Road. Travel a little over a mile and turn right onto an unnamed township road at the bridge over Big Coon Creek. The rifle range is about 200 yards up this road on the left.
Beginning April 1, 2011, those who shoot firearms at one of the Pennsylvania Game Commission?s State Game Lands public shooting ranges must possess and carry with them either an annual $30 range use permit or a current general hunting or furtaker license. Individuals without a range use permit or hunting or furtaker license may be fined.
For your shooting enjoyment and to make you a better hunter, the Game Commission maintains numerous public shooting ranges across the state.
Unless otherwise posted, these ranges are open year-round, from 8 a.m. until sunset, Monday through Saturday, and noon to sunset on Sundays. And with stable benches, large backstops and well maintained grounds, they're great places to sight-in your rifles, test ammunition and hone your shooting skills.
Especially prior to the bear and deer seasons and on weekends, these ranges can be busy places. Users should review and follow the posted regulations, and be considerate of others, too. Of course, all rules of safety need to be followed, and by all means wear proper eye and ear protection. Also, anyone under 16 must be accompanied by someone 18 or older.
Users should also practice good shooting etiquette. The regulation, for example, that limits a shooter to having no more than three rounds in a rifle (six in a handgun) may not seem to make much sense.
What it does, though, is give shooters a chance to check their targets without having to wait for those who may want to shoot long strings. This same regulation prohibits people using firearms with large capacity magazines from monopolizing time on the range, and also causing inordinate damage, particularly to backstops.
The Game Commission has completed lead remediation and safety upgrade projects at all public shooting ranges. However, routine maintenance at these ranges will require closing them for several hours every month. This routine maintenance includes rebuilding target-line stations, cutting grass and other clean-up activities that vary depending on range use. Please contact the appropriate agency Region Office to check the daily status of the range(s) you wish to visit.
Shooters also should show consideration for others waiting for an open bench. It's not uncommon, especially leading up to the bear and deer seasons, to find an adult teaching a youngster how to shoot, or to find someone having difficulty sighting-in a rifle. Show some patience in such circumstances, and if it seems appropriate, offer some assistance.
Groups may reserve ranges from January 1 through October 1 by calling the region office at least 20 days in advance. The range is closed to individuals when it is reserved, and signs may be posted at other times indicating a closed range.
More than $200,000 is spent annually on shooting range maintenance. So providing this service is not cheap. To help keep maintenance costs down, which will allow these funds to be diverted to other projects and programs, there are some things we, as users, should do:
First, don't shoot up the framework used to hold the backstop material. Second, clean up your spent cases, remove targets from backstops, keep shooting benches clean and dispose of all other litter.
Offering shooting ranges is a valuable service the Game Commission provides. Use them, take care of them, and by all means, enjoy them. After all, they're provided for your shooting enjoyment.