May 21, 2018
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Expanded shooting range opportunities

By John Boland, Maine DIF&W director of resource management

The Maine Department Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will partner with the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to expand opportunities for shooting sports across the state. The DIF&W plans to invest funds provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to offer more opportunity for the public to participate in shooting sports.

“The days of using a local gravel pit to sight in a rifle or shotgun are over,” said John Boland, DIF&W director of resource management. “Suburban sprawl, safety concerns, and evolving landowner attitudes are limiting shooting sport opportunities. This partnership will provide more opportunities for the public.”

Currently, DIF&W is compiling an inventory of Maine’s existing shooting ranges. The department and SAM will then develop a database of Maine’s ranges, which would include their locations, the opportunities provided, costs, public accessibility and other pertinent information. This inventory will be used to determine how to best utilize funding to increase shooting opportunities.

“SAM is excited to be a partner in this venture. Providing more opportunities for the public to get involved with Maine’s traditional outdoor sports helps both SAM and DIF&W,” said David Trahan, SAM executive director.

A committee of yet-to-be-determined members will assess this information and make recommendations for improvements or additions to existing shooting ranges in Maine.

John Boland is the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife director of resource management.


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