A dedication ceremony for the first pistol range built by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is set for 1 p.m. Oct. 23 at Kleber Wildlife Management Area in Owen County.
The new pistol pit is next to an existing tube rifle range at the area.
“We partnered with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation on this project,” said Ben Robinson, assistant director of the department’s wildlife division. “They assisted with conventional range plans and our engineering division handled the final design. The NRA also contributed some match for the project, which was primarily funded using funds from the Wildlife Restoration Program, also known as the Pittman-Robertson Act.”
The department plans to build a similar pistol pit at its Otter Creek Recreation Area in Meade County.
High earth berms surround the pistol area on three sides for safety. Users can shoot at distances up to 15 yards.
Both ranges are free for public use on a first-come, first-serve basis. These self-service ranges are open from 9 a.m. until sunset Tuesday through Saturday, and from noon until sunset on Sunday. Facilities close on Mondays for maintenance. Persons using either range must have eye and ear protection.
Tube ranges are for rifles, muzzle loading guns and shotguns loaded with single projectile slugs. They are not for use by shooters using shotguns with pelleted loads. Participants at the pistol range may only use single projectile ammunition.
For more information about the Kleber WMA range, call (502) 535-6335. Find information about wildlife management areas and facilities offered on each property by going online to the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at fw.ky.gov.
The Kleber ranges are located at the end of Cedar Road. The GPS coordinates are 38.363614, -84.745104.