Spring Valley Shooting Range Reopens Friday, Oct. 30, 2020
The new shooting range at the Spring Valley Wildlife Area is opening to the public on Friday, Oct. 30, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The Spring Valley shooting facility was previously closed for repairs and major enhancements, as well as construction of a new Outdoor Education Center.
The $5.5 million range improvements include upgraded backstops and 65 rifle shooting stations. Along with a new entrance and parking lot, other additions include restroom facilities, range master building, outdoor education center, and static archery range. The renovated shotgun range features target launchers and designated shooting stations.
“We are excited to open the doors on the first-class shooting range at Spring Valley Wildlife Area,” said Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker. “These improvements provide users with new opportunities to hone their shooting skills, and nicer amenities for our customers. Thank you for your patience while we renovated and reinvigorated one of the best shooting ranges in the Midwest. I invite you to enjoy all that this location has to offer.”
The new range entrance is located at 3570 Houston Rd., Waynesville, Ohio 45068. Current hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are required to have a valid Division of Wildlife range permit upon arrival. The range is situated on the 842-acre wildlife area in southwest Ohio, just east of the Little Miami River, eight miles south of Xenia and four miles north of Waynesville.
All persons age 18 and older shooting on Division of Wildlife Class A, B, and C ranges are required to purchase a shooting range permit, available at all hunting and fishing license outlets. Permits are not sold at the shooting ranges. These permits partially offset the cost of operations, maintenance, trash removal, and improvements. Shooters age 17 and under do not need a permit, but are required to be accompanied by and directly monitored by an adult (age 18 years or older) holding a valid shooting range permit.
Purchase an annual or daily shooting range permit through the Division of Wildlife’s online store at wildohio.gov, on the HuntFish OH app, or any location where hunting and fishing licenses are sold. An annual permit costs $24 and a daily permit is $5. An annual shooting range permit and hunting license combo is available to Ohio residents for $29.12.
The mission of the Division of Wildlife is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all. Visit wildohio.gov to find out more.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.