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Located just 5 miles north of Gadsden on Owl’s Hollow Road in the heart of Etowah County, the Etowah Public Shooting Range is a popular destination for firearm enthusiasts. The range offers multiple opportunities for shooting at varying distances including four ranges at 25, 50, 100, and 200 yards. With a dedicated berm, each range can be accessed independently, allowing shooters to safely venture downrange without interference from neighboring areas. Those keen on shooting clays will appreciate the small concrete pad situated south of the 25-yard pistol range.

Highlights & Features:

  • Accessible to wheelchairs with concrete pathways leading downrange to target lines.
  • Special area designated for shotgun shooting at clay targets.
  • Range remains open during daylight hours, with exceptions for those holding a permit.
  • Cooperation between the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries and the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office ensures the range’s smooth operation.

Location & Address:

  • Aerial view available for more precise location.
  • GPS: 34°05’00.98″ N, 85°55’57.42″ W.
  • Address: 6291 Owls Hollow Road, Gadsden, AL.

License & Usage Information:

  • Alabama residents aged 16-64 require a valid hunting, heritage, fishing, or WMA license.
  • Nonresidents aged 16 or older need a WMA or non-resident hunting license.
  • Licenses can be purchased online, by phone at 1-888-848-6887, or at community retail vendors.

Range Regulations:

  • Daylight operation, no alcohol permitted, and specific firearm and ammunition restrictions.
  • Safety rules emphasizing firearm handling, shooter positioning, and target guidelines.

Strengths & Positives:

  • Praised for being well-maintained and clean.
  • Offers sturdy benches and tables.
  • Many find it spacious with plenty of room for various shooting activities.
  • Strong emphasis on safety, making it appropriate for younger shooters under supervision.
  • No fees for usage, giving value for both regular and occasional visitors.

Areas for Improvement:

  • While many applaud the range’s overall upkeep, some areas, particularly the 200-yard range, tend to get muddy and could benefit from better drainage.
  • The absence of public restrooms and target holders were noted.
  • Potential visitors should consider bringing their own targets, as well as refreshments like water.



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  • Monday 06:00 AM - 06:00 PM
  • Tuesday 06:00 AM - 06:00 PM
  • Wednesday 06:00 AM - 06:00 PM
  • Thursday 06:00 AM - 06:00 PM
  • Friday 06:00 AM - 06:00 PM
  • Saturday 06:00 AM - 06:00 PM
  • Sunday 06:00 AM - 06:00 PM