WV Rifle Range on Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area to Close Temporarily

WV Rifle Range on Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area to Close Temporarily

West Virginia DNR
West Virginia DNR

West Virginia – -(AmmoLand.com)- The public rifle range at the Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Berkeley County will be closed temporarily beginning on Friday, May 15, 2009. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has been made aware of a problem that involves bullets intermittently hitting a home approximately ¼-mile down range. The homeowner has noted that the house is not his primary residence, but expressed patient concern for public safety. Several bullets have been recovered from the homeowner’s property in recent years.

Bullets passing over the top of the range bunkers are usually the result of people shooting illegally placed targets on top of the bunkers instead of in front of them, or from rapid firing of semiautomatic rifles often resulting in rifle muzzles rising over a safe line of sight toward the bunkers. Legally posted range regulations clearly state that both of these activities are not to be practiced at the range.

Rich Rogers, District Wildlife Biologist for the Eastern Panhandle, has stated that the range will be closed until it can be realigned or moved to a different location.

“We realize that this is a great inconvenience to many shooters, but we simply must deal with this issue of public safety. I have spoken with an NRA representative and numerous other callers during the past week expressing concern over the range closing. All of them understand the serious nature of this situation and recognize the need for our agency to take this responsible action,” Rogers said.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources plans to initiate realignment and/or relocation of the range this summer.

“We hope to have the public shooting range at Sleepy Creek WMA reopened by this fall,” noted Rogers. “This is a priority for our agency, given the number of shooters in the region.”

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
State Capitol Complex, Building 3
1900 Kanawha Boulevard
Charleston, WV 25305-0060
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Jay Danner

just wondering if the range has been reopened, hunting season is here!

chris a.

what about the hunters in need of sighting there scopes will the shooting range be open by deer season?

Chris O.

I am disappointed in the range being closed. I hope that the realignment will commense asap. We citizens of Berkely Co. enjoy the rifle range. And I do understand the safety factor in this situation. It's too bad that some shooters can't follow rules on where to place targets. I hope to see the range re-opened again soon.


Chris O.