Next week, on April 19, it will be 242 years to the day when the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” was fired in the pre-dawn light in Lexington, MA, between the colonial militia and British army, regarded as the start of the American Revolutionary War. How can you mark that day? Visit one of six (6) Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) staffed public shooting ranges! Shooters on this day will receive a sticker and have their name entered into a drawing for prizes.
“We are always looking for information to help excite people about shooting sports,” said Walter Lane, hunter development program manager for the Wildlife Resources Division. “The ‘Shot Heard ‘Round the World Day’ provides a fun opportunity to remind people about an important historical event coupled with the opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends at one of our staffed shooting ranges.”
Georgia shooting ranges participating in the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” event include:
- Wilson Shoals Shooting Range (Wilson Shoals WMA in Banks County)
- Richmond Hill Shooting Range (Richmond Hill WMA in Bryan County)
- Mike Commander Shooting Range (Chickasawhatchee WMA in Dougherty County)
- Clybel Shooting Range (Clybel WMA in Jasper County)
- Ocmulgee Shooting Range (Ocmulgee WMA in Pulaski County)
- West Point Shooting Range (West Point WMA in Troup County)
WRD offers multiple public firearm (with varying range lengths), archery ranges (static targets, 3-D targets), and a shotgun range. In many cases, staff or volunteers are there to help.
For more information about “Shot Heard ‘Round the World Day,” visit www.shotheardroundtheworldday.com. For more about Georgia’s public shooting ranges, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/shooting-ranges.