Forest Service reopen all rifle ranges in South Carolina

Forest Service reopen all rifle ranges in South Carolina
The Forest Service will reopen all of its shooting ranges in South Carolina with social distancing guidelines in effect on Tuesday, May 5, according to an official statement. (Source: Pexels)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Forest Service will reopen all of its shooting ranges in South Carolina with social distancing guidelines in effect on Tuesday, May 5, according to an official statement.

This reopening includes the following ranges on the Enoree Ranger District:

  • Fairforest Rifle Range
  • Indian Creek Rifle Range
  • Leeds Rifle Range
  • Philson Crossroads Rifle Range

The ranges on the Francis Marion Ranger District will also reopen on May 5:

  • Boggy Head Rifle Range
  • Twin Ponds Rifle Range (managed by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources)

Rifle ranges on the Long Cane and Andrew Pickens Ranger District in South Carolina remain open.

To ensure proper social distancing, the Forest Service will be implementing these social distancing guidelines for rifle ranges:

  • Keep at least six feet apart from other users.
  • Use every other station with no more than two shooters allowed at a station.
  • Shooters should limit their time to one hour on the range so that others can use the facility.
  • If the range is full, shooters should wait in their vehicle until an open space is available.
  • Please remove all trash, targets and casings when you leave.

“We are pleased to reopen the shooting ranges now that we have the protective equipment and supplies needed to protect our employees,” said Forest Supervisor Rick Lint. “We are experiencing large crowds in some areas of our Forests and want to remind visitors to continue to use caution. If the area is full, please wait or come back another time.”

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