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Public Shooting Ranges



For your shooting enjoyment and to make you a better hunter, the Game Commission maintains public shooting ranges across the state. Those who shoot firearms at one of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's state game lands public shooting ranges must possess and carry with them either an annual $30 range use permit or a current general hunting or furtaker license. Individuals without a range use permit or hunting or furtaker license may be fined.

Unless otherwise posted, these ranges are open year-round, from 8 a.m. until sunset, Monday through Saturday, and noon to sunset on Sundays. See the exception for Scotia Range below. Please contact the appropriate Region Office to check the daily status of ranges you wish to visit.

Before you visit, please review the Shooting Range Regulations and Prohibited Acts. Do not collect the brass of shooters while the range is active.

Shooters should show consideration for others waiting for an open bench. It is common, especially leading up to the bear and deer seasons, to find an adult teaching a youngster how to shoot, or to find someone having difficulty sighting-in a rifle. Please be patient in such circumstances, and if it seems appropriate, offer assistance. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by someone 18 or older.

The Game Commission has completed lead remediation and safety upgrade projects at all public shooting ranges. Routine maintenance, including rebuilding target-line stations, cutting grass and other clean-up activities, often required the closure of ranges for several hours every month. More than $200,000 is spent annually on shooting range maintenance. To help keep costs down, and allow these funds to be diverted to other projects and programs, users should:

  1. Avoid shooting up the framework used to hold the backstop material and
  2. Clean up spent cases, remove targets from backstops, keep shooting benches clean and dispose of all other litter.

Groups may reserve ranges from January 1 through October 1 by calling the Region Office at least 20 days in advance. The range is closed to other individuals when it is reserved.

Scotia Range
Scotia Range is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. A clay target range and two auxiliary target ranges are located outside the fence and are not restricted to operating hours. Please call the Northcentral Region Office at 570-398-4744 to inquire about extended hours from April through November: Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The road to access Scotia Range—Range Road—has two entrances and is not a through road. There is a gate on Range Road in front of the range that is open 2 weeks before and through hunting seasons (from the beginning of archery deer season to the end of the extended deer seasons in January plus Spring Gobbler season). Outside of hunting seasons and operational hours, the gate on Range Road is closed. During this time, to access the two auxiliary ranges by vehicle, enter Range Road from the North (Greys Woods) side, and, to access the clay target range, enter Range Road from the South (Gatesburg) side. If you happen to enter Range Road from the side of the gate opposite your range of choice, you will have to walk approximately 100 yards from the gate to the range.

Northwest Region

County SGL Rifle Range Pistol Range Location
Firing
Points
Yards Firing
Points
Yards
Forest 24 4 200 -- -- View Map
Clarion 72 6 100 -- -- View Map
Erie 109 6 100 3 25 View Map


Southwest Region

County SGL Rifle Range Pistol Range Location
Firing
Points
Yards Firing
Points
Yards
Allegheny 203 20 100 10 50 View Map
Cambria 108 2 100 3 25 View Map
Fayette 51 4 100 -- -- View Map
Greene 179 7 300 -- -- View Map
Greene 223 5 100 -- -- View Map
Indiana 248 4 100 5 25 View Map
Somerset 50 8 50/100 8 15/25 View Map
Washington 245 6 100 -- -- View Map
Westmoreland 42 6 100 3 25 View Map
Westmoreland 42 4 100 -- -- View Map


Northcentral Region

County SGL Rifle Range Pistol Range Location
Firing
Points
Yards Firing
Points
Yards
Centre 176 25 200 25 50 View Map
Clearfield 77 6 100 -- -- View Map


Southcentral Region

County SGL Rifle Range Pistol Range Location
Firing
Points
Yards Firing
Points
Yards
Cumberland 230 9 300 25 25 View Map


Northeast Region

County SGL Rifle Range Pistol Range Location
Firing
Points
Yards Firing
Points
Yards
Carbon 141 7 300 11 50 View Map
Columbia 58 7 150 7 150 View Map
Lackawanna 300 17 50/100/200 6 50 View Map
Luzerne 91 10 100 -- -- View Map
Luzerne 206 10 100 8 25 View Map
Monroe 127 12 50/100 12 10/25 View Map
Pike 183 11 100 6 25 View Map
Wayne 159 11 100 12 25 View Map


Southeast Region

County SGL Rifle Range Pistol Range Location
Firing
Points
Yards Firing
Points
Yards
Berks 106 10 100 -- -- View Map
Chester 43 12 100 -- -- View Map
Dauphin 211 8 100 -- -- View Map
Lehigh 205 13 100 -- -- View Map
York 242 8 100 12 50 View Map
DIRECTIONS
For directions to a shooting range select a region or a county from either the Region or County drop down list below.
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Pennsylvania Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Ave, Harrisburg Pennsylvania 17110-9797