Pennsylvania Game Commission - State Wildlife Management Agency: Public Shooting Ranges
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Public Shooting Ranges

For your shooting enjoyment and to make you a better hunter, the Game Commission maintains numerous public shooting ranges across the state.

These ranges are open year-round, from 8 a.m. until sunset, except for Sunday mornings, unless otherwise posted. And with stable benches, large backstops and well maintained grounds, they're great places to sight-in your rifles, test ammunition and hone your shooting skills.

Especially prior to the bear and deer seasons and on weekends, these ranges can be busy places. Users should review and follow the posted regulations, and be considerate of others, too. Of course, all rules of safety need to be followed, and by all means wear proper eye and ear protection. Also, anyone under 16 must be accompanied by someone 18 or older.

Users should also practice good shooting etiquette. The regulation, for example, that limits a shooter to having no more than three rounds in a rifle (six in a handgun) may not seem to make much sense.

What it does, though, is give shooters a chance to check their targets without having to wait for those who may want to shoot long strings. This same regulation prohibits people using firearms with large capacity magazines from monopolizing time on the range, and also causing inordinate damage, particularly to backstops.

Rifle Handgun
Region/County SGL Access
Route
Firing
Points
Yards
Firing
Points
Yards
Northwest Region
Clarion 72 SR 1005 Directions
6
100
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Erie 109 RT 97 Directions
10
100
3
25
Forest 24 SR 3004 Directions
3
200
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Jefferson 54 SR 1010 Directions
2
200
30
50
Southwest Region
Allegheny 203 RT 228 Directions
20
100
10
50
Beaver 285 T 481 Directions
6
100
---
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Cambria 108 SR 4025 Directions
2
100
3
25
Fayette 51 SR 1055 Directions
4
100
---
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Greene 179 SR 3005 Directions
7
300
---
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Greene 223 SR 2011 Directions
5
100
---
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Indiana 248 Chestnut
Ridge Rd
Directions
4
100
5
50
Indiana Cona-
maugh
RT 217 Directions
2
100
---
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Washington 245 RT 231 Directions
6
100
---
---
Westmoreland 42 RT 30 Directions
4
100
---
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Westmoreland 42 RT 711 Directions
6
100
3
25
Northcentral Region
Centre 176 RT 45 Directions
25
200
25
50
Clearfield 77 RT 219 Directions
6
100
---
---
Elk 44 RT 949 Directions
1
100
---
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Southcentral Region
Cumberland 230 RT 34 Directions
9
300
25
25
Northeast Region  
Carbon 141 RT 93 Directions
7
100/200/300
11
25/50
Columbia 58 RT 339 Directions
7
100/150
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Lackawanna 300 SR 1012 Directions
17
50/100/200
6
25/50
Luzerne 206 RT 118 Directions
10
50/75/100
8
25
Monroe 127 I 380 Directions
11
50/100/200
10
50
Pike 183 RT 6 Directions
11
25/50/100
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Southeast Region
Chester 43 RT 23 Directions
10
100
---
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Dauphin 211 RT 325 Directions
8
100
---
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Lehigh 205 RT 100 Directions
12
100
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York 242 RT 15 Directions
8
100
12
50
Region/County SGL Access
Route
Firing
Points
Yards
Firing
Points
Yards

Shooters also should show consideration for others waiting for an open bench. It's not uncommon, especially leading up to the bear and deer seasons, to find an adult teaching a youngster how to shoot, or to find someone having difficulty sighting-in a rifle. Show some patience in such circumstances, and if it seems appropriate, offer some assistance.

Groups may reserve ranges from January 1 through October 1 by calling the region office at least 20 days in advance. The range is closed to individuals when it is reserved, and signs may be posted at other times indicating a closed range.

More than $200,000 is spent annually on shooting range maintenance. So providing this service is not cheap. To help keep maintenance costs down, which will allow these funds to be diverted to other projects and programs, there are some things we, as users, should do:

First, don't shoot up the framework used to hold the backstop material. Second, clean up your spent cases, remove targets from backstops, keep shooting benches clean and dispose of all other litter.

Offering shooting ranges, free of charge to the public, is a valuable service the Game Commission provides. Use them, take care of them, and by all means, enjoy them. After all, they're provided for your shooting enjoyment.





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