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Shooting Ranges

ALERT: All LDWF ranges will be open on the normal days and hours but restricted to a maximum of 20 users on the range at a time. More information can be found on our news page.


 

Bodcau Shooting Range

Hours:

Friday–Sunday, 7:30 am–5:00 pm

Fees:

Free

Location:

168 Ben Durden Road, Benton, LA 71006

Contact:

318.326.3225; cmoore@wlf.la.gov

Owner/operator:

LDWF

Description:

25, 50, 100, 150, and 200-yard rifle range, 25-yard pistol range, and a shotgun range with four manual, fixed-position clay target throwers. Target frames and paper targets are provided.

Rules

  1. All users must abide by range officer directions (if present).
  2. Eye and ear protection required.
  3. Firearms must be uncased, magazines removed, and actions open when carried onto range.
  4. Keep all muzzles pointed in a safe direction.
  5. No handling of firearms when users are down range.
  6. Shooters may have only one firearm on the firing line at a time.
  7. All firearms must be unloaded with the actions open unless on the firing line and the range is cleared for live fire.
  8. During a cease fire, all firearms must be properly racked behind the shooting line, completely unloaded, with the action open.
  9. No rapid fire or fully automatic fire.
  10. Firearms may not be drawn and fired from holsters.
  11. Only paper targets and provided target frames may be used. No metal or exploding targets.
  12. No tracer or armor piercing rounds allowed.
  13. Must use the provided launchers to shoot clay targets.
  14. No alcoholic beverages allowed.
  15. No profane language or derogatory remarks.
  16. No pets allowed.
  17. Shooters must pick up their own shell hulls, casings, and trash and dispose of it properly.

Map:

Safety Zone Map

Natchitoches Shooting Range

Hours:

See website

Fees:

$20 per day; half price for military, police, and students; memberships available upon request; see website for details

Location:

635 Tauzin Road, LA 71457 (6 miles from Natchitoches on LA Hwy 6 East)

Contact:

318-356-9457; natchitochesshootingrange@gmail.com

Owner/operator:

Natchitoches Sportsman's Association

Description:

The Natchitoches Shooting Range is a privately owned and operated facility. LDWF has partnered with its owners to provide additional shooting and hunter education opportunities to the public.

  • Shooting accommodations:
    • Rifle range (100 yards; lighted, movable target backs; 10 shooting points)
    • Pistol range (25 and 50 yards; 16 lighted shooting points)
    • Sporting clay range (10 stations)
    • 5-stand shotgun (lighted)
    • Skeet and trap (lighted)
    • Archery range with 3-D targets
  • Courses:
    • Hunter Education
    • Concealed Carry
    • NRA Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Home Safety, Personal Protection
  • Proshop: Limited stock available onsite plus special order. Gunsmith on duty all hours.

Rules:

See website

Map:

See website


Pearl River-Honey Island Shooting Range

Hours:

See website

Fees:

See website

Location:

Pearl River Wildlife Management Area near Slidell, LA

Contact:

985.634.3938; honey.island.wm@gmail.com

Owner/operator:

Owned by LDWF; operated by Southeast Louisiana Firearm Safety Incorporated

Description:

Shooting opportunities include a rifle range, rim-fire and pistol range, shotgun range with electronic throwers, and a 3-D archery range. Southeast Louisiana Firearm Safety Incorporated is a nonprofit volunteer organization which handles the day-to-day operations and upkeep of the range using all volunteer staff. The organization uses money generated from range fees for range maintenance, improvements, and operations.

Rules:

See website

Map:

Safety Zone Map

Sherburne Wildlife Management Area Shooting Range

Hours:

  • Skeet Range #1, Archery Range, Pistol Range, and Rifle Range: 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset
  • Skeet/Trap Range #2: Thursday–Saturday, 8:00 am–4:00 pm

Fees:

Free

Location:

Sherburne Wildlife Management Area, 1132 Sherburne Road, Lottie, LA 70756 (3 miles south of US Hwy 190 on LA Hwy 975)

Contact:

337.566.2251; dhurdle@wlf.la.gov

Owner/operator:

LDWF

Description:

  • Skeet Range #1 
    • Two to four manual throwers 
    • Bring your own clay targets and shells.
  • Skeet/Trap Range #2
    • Two electric throwers (high and low houses) and one trap bunkhouse, with remote-controlled releases
    • Shooters must supply their clays and ammunition. We recommend standard (4.5-inch) clays.
  • Archery Range
    • Bag targets are set at various distances of 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 yards
    • 15-foot elevated tower for shooting 3-D targets
  • Pistol Range
    • Covered outdoor range with 10, 25, and 50-yard targets
    • 20 shooting positions
  • Rifle Range
    • Covered outdoor range with 25, 50, and 100-yard targets
    • 12 concrete shooting benches 
    • Paper targets only

Rules

Self-Clearing Permit:
You must have a Self-Clearing Permit for all activities on wildlife management areas, unless otherwise specified. This includes the use of any shooting range. Self-Clearing Permits are available at Information/Permit Stations located on the Range Complex. You must fill out the Self-Clearing Permit before entering the range area.

Licenses:
If you’re using a WMA for any purpose other than hunting, you must have one of the following:

Individuals younger than age 16 or older than age 60 are exempt from this requirement.

Other Rules:

  1. All users must abide by range officer directions (if present). 
  2. Eye and ear protection required. 
  3. Firearms must be uncased, magazines removed, and actions open when carried onto range.
  4. Keep all muzzles pointed in a safe direction. 
  5. No handling of firearms when users are down range. 
  6. Shooters may have only one firearm on the firing line at a time. 
  7. All firearms must be unloaded with the actions open unless on the firing line and the range is cleared for live fire. 
  8. During a cease fire, all firearms must be properly racked behind the shooting line, completely unloaded, with the action open. 
  9. No rapid fire or fully automatic fire. 
  10. Firearms may not be drawn and fired from holsters.  
  11. Only paper targets and provided target frames may be used. No metal or exploding targets. 
  12. No tracer or armor piercing rounds allowed.
  13. Must use the provided launchers to shoot clay targets. 
  14. No alcoholic beverages allowed. 
  15. No profane language or derogatory remarks. 
  16. No pets allowed. 
  17. Shooters must pick up their own shell hulls, casings, and trash and dispose of it properly.

Map:

Safety Zone Map


Waddill Outdoor Education Center

Hours:

Tuesday-Saturday, 7:30 am-4:30 pm

Fees:

Free

Location:

4142 North Flannery Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70814

Contact:

225.274.8192; krome@wlf.la.gov

Owner/operator:

LDWF

Description:

Archery and air rifle ranges

Rules

Archery Range:

  • Field points only.
  • All elevated stand users must have Treestand Manufacturers Association-certified safety harness.
  • No users will be allowed on the 3-D archery range when the skeet range is in use.
  • Groups must call in advance to ensure the 3-D range is available for use.

Air Rifle Range:

  • Eye protection is required.
  • No air guns with muzzle velocities over 1,200 feet per second are allowed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use the archery range to sight in my bow/crossbow?
Absolutely! The range is available for public use. Please note that only field points are allowed on our range. We provide both range and 3-D targets, and there is an elevated shooting platform for practicing. Note that all users who use the platform are required to wear a fall-arrest harness, which is not provided.

Are the archery trails open to the public?
Yes, there are 3-D targets along the archery trails for public use. The trails are open weekdays and Saturdays, unless there is an archery tournament.  Contact Kacie Rome at krome@wlf.la.gov or 225.274.8192 for the tournament schedule.

Does the facility provide bows/arrows?
No. The archery range has targets for public use, but you must provide any other equipment.

Is the air rifle range open to the public?
Yes. Any individual or small group can use the range, provided that they follow all posted range safety rules. Air rifles exceeding 1200 fps are prohibited.

Can the public use the shotgun range?
Currently, the shotgun range is only available for Hunter Education classes and special events. Private groups cannot reserve the range.

  

Woodworth Shooting Range

Hours: 

  • Rifle and pistol ranges, 3-D archery trail, and static archery range: Thursday-Saturday, 8 am-5 pm
  • 5-stand sporting clays: Thursday-Friday, 12 pm-5 pm, Saturday 8 am-5 pm
  • Range is closed the third Saturday of each month from 8 am-12 pm
  • Check the Woodworth Shooting Range Facebook page for the most up to date hours.
  • Closed May 1-3, 2020 for our Father-Child Families Understanding Nature (FUN) camp.
  • Closed September 24-27, 2020 for National Hunting and Fishing Day. 
  • Closed October 9-11, 2020 for our Mother-Child Families Understanding Nature (FUN) camp.

Fees:

Free (except sporting clays)

Location:

661 Robinson Bridge Road, Woodworth, LA 71485

Contact:

318.484.2276; kreed@wlf.la.gov

Owner/operator:

LDWF

Description:

  • 100-yard rifle and 50-yard pistol ranges—target frames, paper targets, eye protection, and ear protection are provided.
  • 5-stand sporting clays—$5 per round (25 clays)
  • 10 target 3-D archery trail
  • 50-yard static archery range

Rules

  1. All users must abide by range officer directions (if present).
  2. Eye and ear protection required.
  3. Firearms must be uncased, magazines removed, and actions open when carried onto range.
  4. Keep all muzzles pointed in a safe direction.
  5. No handling of firearms when users are down range.
  6. Shooters may have only one firearm on the firing line at a time.
  7. All firearms must be unloaded with the actions open unless on the firing line and the range is cleared for live fire.
  8. During a cease fire, all firearms must be properly racked behind the shooting line, completely unloaded, with the action open.
  9. No rapid fire or fully automatic fire.
  10. Firearms may not be drawn and fired from holsters.
  11. Only paper targets and provided target frames may be used. No metal or exploding targets.
  12. No tracer or armor piercing rounds allowed.
  13. Must use the provided launchers to shoot clay targets.
  14. No alcoholic beverages allowed.
  15. No profane language or derogatory remarks.
  16. No pets allowed.
  17. Shooters must pick up their own shell hulls, casings, and trash and dispose of it properly.