N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Renovates, Expands Shooting Range
ELLERBE, N.C. – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has expanded the shooting range at the John Lentz Hunter Education Center, adding 100- and 50-yard ranges to the popular site for hunters and other sportsmen.
The range, which is part of the John Lentz Hunter Education Center at the Millstone 4-H Camp in Richmond County, also now has shelters with wooden roofs and cement floors to protect shooters from the weather.
“This expansion reflects our commitment to the commission’s Hunting Heritage Program Strategic Plan, which includes key focus areas intended to increase opportunities for hunters by reducing barriers to participation,” said Gordon Myers, executive director of the commission. “In addition to year-round shooting opportunities, the John Lentz Hunter Education Center provides unique programming opportunities such as the Fur, Fish ‘n Game Rendezvous, a five-day, six-night camp that draws young people from across the state to learn about and participate in a wide range of conservation-related activities.”
The range includes two combination trap and skeet fields, along with an archery range and 3-D archery range. The site has a five-stand range, a small-bore rifle range, and a classroom that can accommodate up to 50 people. For safety, all ranges are surrounded by earthen berms with controlled access.
The Lentz range is open to the public from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday through Sunday, and also by appointment.
For more information on the Lentz hunter education complex, go to http://www.millstone4hcamp.org. For information on other ranges in North Carolina, visit www.ncwildlife.org, and click on “Public and Private Shooting Opportunities in North Carolina.”