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Clinton Wildlife Management Area public firearm range reopens after improvements

HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ – The Division of Fish & Wildlife has reopened the public firearm range located at the Clinton Wildlife Management Area’s hunter training area. The project significantly enhances both shooting opportunities and safety measures at this public facility.

Recently completed range enhancements include:

  • A new covered firing line
  • Six new individual shooting stations including one ADA compliant station
  • Improved parking
  • Reinforced overhead concrete baffle

New bench rests will provide a comfortable and stable base, seat and platform, so that a steady anchor point and pattern of use is provided for a shooter, thereby improving shooting accuracy. The overhead concrete baffle, which is installed in front of the bench rests, eliminates blue sky or the area the shooter sees above the target or backstop. By preventing the shooter from seeing above a certain height, baffles eliminate the likelihood that bullets will travel over the backstop area.

The improvements made at the Clinton range create a safe and user-friendly experience for adults and youth alike, and allow the Division to provide additional shooting opportunities to the public including the use of centerfire ammunition up to .30 caliber. This work is made possible with state dedicated conservation dollars and revenue from the federal Wildlife Restoration Act generated from the purchase of hunting and target shooting equipment. The public’s participation in hunting and the shooting sports supports conservation.

“We appreciate the public’s patience and understanding for any inconvenience the construction presented. We are committed to providing public facilities that support hunter education training and recreational shooting sports needs, and will continue to enhance all Division ranges where conditions permit,” officials said.

The Clinton Wildlife Management Area public shooting range is located approximately one mile west of Exit 13, Route 78W.

The range is open 7 days per week, 8:00 a.m. to sunset.

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