Sioux City, IA – Stub Gray Shooting Range at Little Sioux Park near Correctionville was reopened to the public at 11:00 AM Saturday, August 29. The range had been closed since May 2014 due to continued abuse and vandalism by the public and safety concerns.
Changes at the range include a user fee structure, log-in and log-out station and new regulations. The refurbished range also includes new bullet catch walls, target stand protection and target holder frames. Users only need to bring their paper targets to staple to the frames. The facility includes a rifle range with six shooting tube stations with target distances at 50, 100 and 150 yards and a separate handgun range for eight shooters with concrete shooting distance lanes at 5, 7, 15, and 25 yards. Other improvements include a revamped parking lot, chain link fence, new signage, and information kiosk. Fees from daily and annual permits will be used for future improvements such as a staging shelter area for the handgun range, restrooms, continued provision of target holder frames and other maintenance.
“It has taken a lot of work to get this range ready to reopen,” commented Rick Schneider, Conservation Director. “Hundreds of staff and volunteer hours have been spent on these improvements. It is our hope that users will take care of this facility and help us police the area so it does not have to be closed again in the future. It is an extremely popular facility, and we want to keep it available to the public.”
Hours for the shooting range are 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM May 1 – September 30 and 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM October 1 – April 30 weather permitting. The range will be closed January and February. Gates to the range will be opened and locked daily. A $10 day use permit can be purchased at the information kiosk. An annual individual or family permit can be purchased online at www.woodburyparks.com for $50. Annual permits purchased in 2015 will not expire until December 31, 2016. All permits must be displayed while using the range.
The Conservation Board is seeking individuals who are willing to become certified Range Safety Officers to serve as volunteers at the range. Interested persons are asked to contact the Conservation Board office at 712/258-0838 for more information.