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Turcotte Education and Shooting Facility

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Address: 506 Highway 43 South

Canton, MS 39046

Range Type: Sporting Clays, Pistol, Rifle, Skeet, 5 Stand

Hours: Summer Hours Begin March 1st: Thursday & Friday: Noon - 6:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm; Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm Winter Hours Begin November 1st: Thursday & Friday: Noon - 5:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm; Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Days Open: Thursday - Sunday

Latitude: 32.63928 Longitude: -90.00750

Phone: 601 859-5164

Indoor: No

Outdoor: Yes

Maximum Distance: 300 yards

Firing Points: 44

Handguns Allowed: Yes

Rifles Allowed: Yes

Range Status: Temporarily Closed

Range Fee:

Each individual between the ages of 16 & 65 must possess a valid Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Permit. WMA permits are $15.00 per year. They can be purchased anywhere a hunting license is sold.

One complete round of sporting clays is 50 shots. We charge $.25 per clay with one complete round totaling $12.50. We have golf carts available for rent at $3.00 per day.

Directions:

***Due to flooding some ranges are CLOSED - Please see range status below***

Pistol Range - Open

Pistol Range - Arpil 18 & April 25 For In-Service Training

Pistol Range - Closed May 2 & May 9 For In-Service Training

Rifle Range - Closed

Sporting Clay - Closed

Skeet Range - Closed

5 Stand - Closed

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Range Rules:

Range Requirements:

Each individual between the ages of 16 & 65 must possess a valid Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Permit. WMA permits are $15.00 per year. They can be purchased anywhere a hunting license is sold.

All shooters must check in-and-out with Range Officer.

Acknowledge Range Rules document. This form can be printed from our website and completed prior to arrival at the range. This is a one-time requirement.

All shooters will complete a "Daily Use Permit" each time they visit the Range Facility.

Hearing and Eye protection required at all times!!

All firearms will be handled in a safe manner while at the range.

When moving on and off the range, firearms should be cased, holstered, or otherwise rendered safe.

Shooters are responsible for policing-up their brass and targets.

TURCOTTE GENERAL RANGE RULES AND REGULATIONS

1. Four basic firearm rules are ALWAYS in effect on ALL Turcotte Ranges:

a. All guns are always loaded! Treat them that way!

b. Never let your muzzle cover anything you're not willing to destroy!

c. Keep your finger off the trigger 'til your sights are on the target!

d. Always be sure of your target!

2. All shooters and their guests must check in with the Range Officer PRIOR TO USING ANY RANGE on the Turcotte Facility. Before departing, all shooters and their guests must also check out with the Range Officer.

3. All individuals (shooters and non-shooters) between the ages of 16-65 require a Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Usage Permit OR a Shooting Range Permit to use the facility.

4. Unless you are inside of a building or vehicle (not including golf carts) eye and ear protection must be worn by everyone on the entire range facility, at any time in which firearms are being discharged.

5. Shooters and guests must promptly obey all Range Officer commands!

6. Shooters are responsible for the conduct of THEIR non-shooting guest(s). This is not a playground and for obvious safety reasons, parents or guardians (18 years or older) must ensure that their children are close beside them at all times (no more than 10 feet away).

7. Shooters under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal adult (meaning someone 18 years of age or older).

8. Persons drinking or under the influence of alcohol or drugs will NOT be permitted on the Turcotte Facility, and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law!

9. Smoking is PROHIBITED on range property. The only place that anyone may smoke is within the confines of their personally owned vehicle, with all openings closed (meaning all doors, windows, hatchbacks, etc.). For other tobacco users, spitting upon the ground, concrete, porches, shooting stands, etc. is PROHIBITED! Use of spit cups is PROHIBITED! Use of capped, spit bottles is acceptable, but bottles must be in your possession at all times and taken with you, whenever you depart the range facility. Do not dispose of your spit bottles in any range garbage can, bag, or dumpster!

10. Littering is not only PROHIBITED, but is a violation of state law. Violators will be ticketed and prosecuted!

11. Shooters and guests who damage or destroy range property are liable for the cost of repair or replacement of damaged or destroyed property.

12. Shooters may collect their own brass, but must not collect someone else's brass–especially while the other person is shooting! No shooter may collect brass forward of an active firing line, for obvious safety reasons. To collect their own brass, forward of the active firing line, shooters must wait until there is a halt in firing and the range is safe/cold.

13. Firearms and ammunition are subject to inspection.

14. Tracer, armor piercing, white phosphorus, incendiary, or any other excessively destructive ammunition is PROHIBITED on all ranges!

15. Rifle and pistol shooters may only use targets approved by the Range Officer. We reserve the right to prohibit targets that we deem offensive or unsafe. Additionally, only paper or metal targets may be used. No fruits, vegetables, or any other type of targets may be used.

16. Firearms shall be unloaded and either holstered or cased, as you enter or depart the range area!

17. Firearms must be handled in a safe manner at all times. ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED DOWN RANGE!

18. Keep your finger off of the trigger, outside of the trigger guard, until ready to fire, after the range has been declared "hot."

19. Fully automatic fire is PROHIBITED on all ranges! Controlled, semi-automatic rapid fire is permitted (note the emphasis on controlled) with all bullets staying on your respective target. Spraying the berm with semi-auto rapid fire WILL NOT BE PERMITTED, and violations will result in expulsion from the range!

20. The command "CEASE FIRE" will be observed IMMEDIATELY, no matter who says it! Anyone can call a cease fire. All shooters will IMMEDIATELY holster (or clear and ground) their firearm and step back from the firing line, in order to make it safe!

21. FIREARMS SHALL NOT BE HANDLED WHILE SHOOTERS ARE DOWN RANGE! This includes while setting up or packing up your gear!

22. Shooters observing any violations of range rules are required to IMMEDIATELY make on -the -spot safety corrections or report safety violations to the Range Officer!

23. This is here only to ensure that you are actually reading these range rules and regulations. Do not initial this line.

24. Profanity is PROHIBITED on all ranges!

25. No running allowed on any of the ranges!

26. Use caution if your firearm fails to fire when the trigger is pulled. On rare occasions, a cartridge or shotgun shell may not fire. If this occurs, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction for one minute, then carefully open the action. A mechanical failure or broken part in the firearm may suddenly release the hammer or firing pin, causing the cartridge to fire.

27. Carts (both golf carts and push carts) are provided for the convenience of shooters on the Sporting Clays range only! Misuse of the carts will result in expulsion from the range!

28. On the archery range, NO BROADHEADS may be used on any targets!

29. Shooting, while not inherently dangerous, is terribly unforgiving of mistakes. Turcotte Range is an open, public shooting facility; therefore, everyone on range property, whether or not they are shooting, assumes their own liability.

30. If a range officer has to speak to you, give you any guidance, or correct you for any violation of range rules, he will more than likely be doing so in a very loud voice. This is because both the range officer and the shooter are wearing hearing protection (which is mandatory). If this offends you, you may ask to go to the range building to discuss whatever you're doing wrong.

31. If you do not follow range procedures and do something unsafe, at the range officer's discretion, you may be asked/ordered to leave for a period of his choosing (1 day, 30 days, 1 year, or permanent expulsion), depending upon the severity of the violation and your attitude.

32. All ranges will close immediately following a lightning strike, and will remain closed until 15 minutes after the last strike.

RULES SPECIFIC TO THE PISTOL RANGE

1. On the pistol range, all shooters must shoot from the same firing line, no matter which side of the range they're on (the left side, where only paper targets are placed & use d, or the right side, where only steel targets are used).

2. The "active firing line" is a term meaning the line that is being used/shot from at that time. There can be only one active firing line at a time and at least one foot must be touching the extreme forward edge of that line. That firing line is determined on a "first come, first served" basis.

3. The only time that you may touch a firearm is when you are on the active firing line, with at least one foot touching the extreme forward edge of that line. The only direction that any firearm can be pointed at any time, is down range (toward the target berm)! You may not walk around with a handgun dangling from your hand or pointed toward the sky at anytime!

4. Shooters must stand directly in front of the target they are shooting. Shooting at multiple targets from any position is PROHIBITED (unless you are shooting the falling plate rack, at which you must stand between plates 3 and 4). Shooting while moving in any direction is PROHIBITED!

5. The use of magnum (of any type or caliber), 5.7x28mm, armor piercing, or incendiary ammunition on metal targets is PROHIBITED!

6. The use of any handgun chambered for a cartridge larger/more powerful than .45 Colt and .44 Magnum is PROHIBITED anywhere on the pistol range, due to the excessive muzzle blast and its effect on adjacent shooters!

7. All pistol shooters must have and use a strong side belt holster that orients the firearm in a muzzle down position. No crossdraw, shoulder holsters, "small of the back," or "thigh rigs" are allowed, for what should be obvious safety reasons. If you are here for the first time, or don't know that this has been required since November 1, 2012, then you may (on a one time basis) use a pistol rug, pistol case, or something similar, and place your firearm on the ground immediately in front of you.

8. When the range is cleared for shooters to go down range , all firearms must either be holstered, or "unloaded and grounded." If grounded, pistols must have their magazines removed, and actions open/slides locked back. Revolvers must have their cylinders swung open. In either case, WHENEVER ANYONE IS DOWN RANGE, NO ONE CAN TOUCH A FIREARM, FOR ANY REASON!

9. If any firearm malfunctions and the shooter needs/desires assistance from range personnel, they shall place the firearm on the ground directly in front of them, pointing down range, then go to the range office and request assistance from range personnel.

10. No stick-on targets of any type may be placed on the metal targets.

RULES SPECIFIC TO THE SHOTGUN RANGES

1. While shooting Sporting Clays or 5-Stand Sporting Clays, do NOT load your shotgun until you are within the confines of the shooting station/platform. Load only TWO shot shells at a time.

2. While on the Sporting Clays range, all persons must stay on designated trails! DO NOT CROSS THE FENCE FOR ANY REASON!

3. Under NO circumstances are shooters to work on or load the sporting clay machines! Report any problems to a Range Officer.

4. While shooting on any shotgun n range, empty shot shells and trash must be picked up and disposed of properly. On the Sporting Clays range, only shot shells on the shooting station and trail side of the fence are to be picked up. DO NOT CROSS THE FENCE to pick up expended shot shells.

5. Do not stop at a Sporting Clay station to "practice" on just that station, if anyone is following you on the course. When on the course, be courteous to other shooters and shoot through your round, or yield to other shooters.

6. On all shotgun ranges (with the exception of the Shotgun Pattern Range), DO NOT USE SHOTSHELLS LOADED WITH SHOT PELLETS LARGER THAN NUMBER 7 1/2 (i.e., 7 1/2, 8, and 9 shot are okay)! USE ONLY 2 3/4 INCH TARGETS LOADS! DO NOT USE HIGH BRASS SHOT SHELLS! PELLET VELOCITY MUST BE 1250 FPS OR LESS!

7. On the Patterning Range, USE OF BUCKSHOT OR SLUGS IS PROHIBITED! Use of buckshot is PROHIBITED on any range on the Turcotte Facility. Slugs may be used ONLY on the rifle range.

8. On the Skeet Range, DO NOT place the hand controller on the ground and step on the buttons to actuate the throwers.

RULES SPECIFIC TO THE RIFLE RANGE

1. On the rifle range, DO NOT SHOOT ACROSS RANGE LANES, and MAKE SURE THAT YOU POSITION YOUR TARGET IN FRONT OF THE EARTHERN BERM! Change shooting tables, if you desire to change shooting lanes.

2. After finishing at the rifle range, remove all targets from the rifle range target frames (and dispose of them properly), return the steel rifle stand/target holder to firing platform, leaving the rifle target frame (with cardboard backing) attached.

3.The use of muzzle breaks on rifles is PROHIBITED, due to their muzzle blast and its effect on adjacent shooters! Flash hiders are not considered muzzle breaks and vice versa.

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