Campflowers Gun Range finally opened to the public for the first time, Saturday.
The Bay County Commission and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is hosting a series of these public shooting range events.
Entry into the range costs ten dollars and participants must bring their own paper targets.
Range officials were excited with the turnout today and anticipate the range to be very popular in the future.
Range Safety Officer, Keelin Alsobrooks said, "this morning it opened at 8 and we actually had people here at 7:45 ready to shoot pistols. From 8 to 12 we do about a 10 yard pistol shoot and we had a great turnout for that, around 50 people for that. Since noon, the rain has pretty much rolled in and there hasn't been any body out here to shoot rifles.
Alsobrooks says the rain affected the number of rifles owners that showed up, but he thinks that number will increase as we get closer to hunting season.
The Campflowers Gun Range, located at 8428 S. Campflowers Rd. in Youngstown, will be open to the public on the following dates:
Saturday, May 11
Sunday, May 12
Saturday, May 18
Sunday, May 19
Saturday, June 8
Sunday, June 9
Saturday, July 13
Sunday, July 14
Daily Schedule (Hours of Operation 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.):
8am-noon - 10-yard pistol
Noon-4pm - 100-yard rifle
Shotguns are prohibited. Target frames and backings will be provided; however, shooters must bring their own paper targets. The range fee will be $10 per adult, payable by cash or check only, and minors under the age of 16 are admitted free but must be accompanied by an adult.
"This partnership between FWC and the Bay County Commission fulfills the requests of many Bay County residents looking for a safe, inexpensive place to practice their firearms skills," Bay County Commissioner Guy Tunnell said. "It just makes good public safety sense."
Any fees left after operational costs are covered will go toward establishing a permanent gun range in Bay County.