A new public shooting range is now open in the Conecuh National Forest in south Alabama. The U.S. Forest Service and the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries partnered to create the shooting range, which will be open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

The facility includes a 10-station, 100-yard shooting range and a 10-station, 50-yard shooting range. Adjacent to the 100-yard shooting range is a shotgun shooting area for people who bring their own clay targets and thrower. The ranges are wheelchair accessible and have concrete walkways for downrange access to the target lines. Permanent bathroom facilities will be installed in October 2013.

A valid Alabama hunting, wildlife heritage, Wildlife Management Area license, or daily U.S. Forest Service permit ($3 per car) is required for all shooting range users between the ages of 16 and 64. Licenses can be obtained by visiting the license section of outdooralabama.com, by calling 1-888-848-6887, or from various outdoors retailers. For a limited time, the daily Forest Service permit will be free.

Directions from Andalusia, Ala.: Take Alabama Highway 29 west approximately 20 miles to County Road 11 (just across the Escambia County line). Turn left at Dixie Community and travel south on County Road 11 approximately 6 miles to County Road 4 (County Road 11 dead ends into County Road 4). Turn right and the shooting range will be less than a one-half mile on the left before Parker Springs Road. GPS coordinates: N 31.0674000, W 086.7963167.

Directions from Wing, Ala.: Turn west onto County Road 4, go approximately 12 miles; entrance to shooting range will be on the left.

Directions from Brewton, Ala.: Take Alabama Highway 29 north to County Road 4, turn east and travel approximately 11 miles; entrance to the shooting range will be on the right.

The 84,000-acre Conecuh National Forest is located in south Alabama in Covington and Escambia counties near the Florida state line. Recreational activities include hunting, hiking, biking, fishing, boating, swimming, a shooting range, camping and wildlife watching. The Conecuh National Forest is also the site of conservation efforts to bolster populations of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, reintroduce the eastern indigo snake to Alabama and restore longleaf pine ecosystems that provide quality habitat for plant and animal populations. For more information about the Conecuh National Forest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/alabama.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Patrol, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.