Where to shoot in Indiana?
I love Indiana but there aren’t many places to shoot. The DNR runs a few ranges and beyond that it’s the family farm, friend who knows someone with access to a family farm or private conservation clubs. It hasn’t helped that in recent years the private clubs have been under attack mainly citing the noise but “they” will use anything they can including zoning and “finding” slugs in neighboring yards. In one case the town built a building right at the end of the trap range then shut down the trap range! This will only get worse as towns expand into what used to be rural areas and the new residents move in. So if you’ve found a good club make sure to lend them any support that you can.
Atterbury Range Note!
The Indiana National Guardsman was killed May 3, 2006, during an attack on a U.S. coalition compound in Tammin, near Ramadi, Iraq. The Whiteland man lost his life defending his fellow troops against a suicide bomber in Iraq. He was the first Indiana soldier to receive the Silver Star — the nation’s third-highest medal for valor — since the Vietnam War.
But that is only part of the story, there is more to “lost his life defending his fellow troops against a suicide bomber”, read on:
When a dump truck loaded with explosives broke through a gate and headed for the center of the compound, he faced down the truck and kept shooting until the driver was dead, the bomb detonated, and Proctor was mortally wounded. The father of three children was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest medal for valor.
I have occasional policy problems with Mitch Daniels but every now and then he says something that makes up for a lot of it:
“There are men alive today who would not be if it weren’t for first the courage and then the skill and marksmanship of this man,” Gov. Mitch Daniels said at the dedication. “It would be hard to come up with a more appropriate way to remember Joseph Proctor.”
I didn’t find anything on when the Atterbury range will actually open.
These clubs have different offerings and the ones that have websites usually don’t have a lot of information so be prepared to send an email or pick up the phone if you need to get more information.
- Marion County Fish and Game Assoc
- Near Speedway, just outside the I-465 highway on Crawfordsville Rd. (sadly no centerfire rifle range)
- Indiana Gun Club – Fortville, Indiana
- Danville Conservation Club – Danville, Indiana
- Triple H – Linton, Indiana
- Trap, shotgun only
- Flat Creek – Lafayette, IN
- This appears to be a Gunshop with a ‘smith and range
- Crooked Creek Conservation Club – Noblesville, Indiana
- May be shotgun only?
- Old Trails Rifle & Pistol Club – Richmond, Indiana
- Bass And Bucks – Wabash, Indiana
- Fall Creek Vally Conservation Club – Markleville, Indiana
As always if you see something missing, or know of a club that is friendly but otherwise difficult to find if you don’t live next door, please send me a note.