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Elk Neck State Forest offers a comprehensive Shooting Range Complex open from 9:00 a.m. to sunset, Tuesday through Sunday. On Mondays, operations start at 1pm and continue until sunset. Even on holidays, including Mondays, ranges are available from 9 AM until sunset.

Range Features:

  • Four dedicated ranges: 100-yard rifle/muzzleloader, 50-yard pistol, skeet range (thrower not provided), and a bow & arrow range.
  • All shotguns on the rifle range must use a slug shell. No shot shells are allowed.
  • Users must supply a free-standing target stand, ensuring the target center is a minimum of 54” above the ground.
  • Elk Neck State Forest does not provide firearms, ammunition, or targets for rent or sale.

Permit Details:

  • Yearly permit: $50.00 (18-61 years), $25.00 (62 years and above)
  • Daily permit: $10.00 (Those under 18 are free with a paying adult)
  • Permits are available at the Maintenance Complex near the main entrance and also online via the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Sport License Sales.
  • Always ensure your firearms comply with Maryland state laws. Further details on legality can be accessed here.

Strengths As Highlighted by Visitors:

Areas of Improvement Suggested by Visitors:

  • Safety concerns have been raised when Range Safety Officers (RSOs) are not present.
  • Some visitors have experienced unsafe behaviors from other users.
  • New visitors might find initial navigation and registration a bit confusing.




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Opening Hours

  • Monday 09:00 AM - 08:00 PM
  • Tuesday 09:00 AM - 08:00 PM
  • Wednesday 09:00 AM - 08:00 PM
  • Thursday 09:00 AM - 08:00 PM
  • Friday 09:00 AM - 08:00 PM
  • Saturday 09:00 AM - 08:00 PM
  • Sunday 01:00 PM - 08:00 PM