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WSRC Resumes Limited Public Shooting Hours

Fri, March 16, 2018

SPARTA - Since it’s closure in October of 2016,  shooters have bemoaned the loss of public shooting at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta. While the complex did continue to host the ATA Grand American, AIM Championships and few other specifically sanctioned shooting events, there remained no opportunities for the general public to utilize the various shooting ranges.

After much work by IDNR, the WSRC will once again be open on a limited basis to the general public who may wish to use the shooting facilities.
Per IDNR the public shooting opportunities are as follows:

Open Public Shooting:

Berm: Wednesdays 1p to dusk – check in at the office on the south side of the berm (Starting 3/7)

Sporting Clays: Thursdays 12 to dusk – check in at the sporting clays office (Starting 3/15)

Once a month on Saturdays from 10a to 4p – check in at the sporting clays office

Trap:    Thursdays 3p to dusk – check in at the Café at the League table (Starting 3/15)

          2nd Saturday of the month – check in at Gipson Guns or J&J Guns (Starting 3/10)

Indeed this is far cry from days of when the public could visit at most anytime to utilize the complex, it is a start, a beginning to seeing the WSRC move a few steps closer to being fully utilized. The potential for increased multi use opportunities remain at the WSRC.

While the shooting aspects have been closed, selected campgrounds, the fishing lakes, and Season’s Event Center have remained open to public and continue to be open to the public.

For more information about the WSRC visit the IDNR Web Page or Call 618-295-2700