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F&G’s Nampa Public Shooting Range is open and looking for shooters

ByMary M. Ward

Feb 2, 2022

Idaho Fish and Game’s Nampa Public Shooting Range is a one-of-a-kind facility located in the heart of Treasure Valley. A few months after its soft opening to the public, Fish and Game and its nonprofit partners — AIR Idaho Inc. and the Nampa Bow Chiefs — are ready to open the floodgates.

“We have worked to ensure that we have the infrastructure in place to fully promote this unique facility to public shooters, and we are now ready to do so,” said Derek Bibber, range liaison for the southwest region of Fish and Game.

The Nampa Public Range is one of four ranges in Idaho owned and operated by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Fish and Game leases the property from the City of Nampa, while day-to-day operations are a shared responsibility with AIR Idaho, Inc. and Nampa Bow Chiefs. The indoor facility is divided into two parts – with an archery range on one side of the building and an airgun range on the other.

The range of the air pistol allows firing at distances of up to 20 meters. Soft molded pellets (only), ranging in size from .177 to .50, are regularly used on the range. Guests can bring their own air rifles or use one of the demo guns available at the range.

“This is the only indoor air rifle range in the state of Idaho, and one of the few west of the Mississippi River,” said AIR Idaho founder Joe Schneehagen. “Airguns are one of the fastest growing disciplines in recreational shooting and hunting, and having this type of facility in Treasure Valley is a huge boon to the public. “

Volunteer Fish and Game Services coordinator Derek Fong added that these air guns are not the BB guns many people remember from their youth.

“These are sophisticated, powerful, and accurate airguns that are routinely used for everything from big game hunts in Idaho to African safaris,” Fong said. “It’s really eye-opening to have the opportunity to photograph one.”

The archery field allows shooting distances of 5 to 20 meters. Rolling targets ensure that all shooters use the same line of fire, regardless of shooting distance. Only aimed arrows are allowed (no broadheads).

“We are delighted to welcome the public to the archery range and provide a public shooting opportunity to promote the sport of archery,” said Nampa Bow Chiefs President Robert Zechmann. .

At both indoor shooting ranges, a shooting range safety officer is on hand to ensure the well-being of all guests.

The Nampa Public Shooting Range facility also includes an outdoor archery range, which is not staffed by a range safety officer.

People can visit the Nampa Public Shooting Range Page on the Fish and Game site to find out more about the range, as well as news and information.

Inauguration scheduled for February 19

While the facility is currently open and ready for public shooters, Fish and Game and its partners have planned a grand opening for Saturday, February 19 – complete with a food truck and outdoor skills classes covering target shooting. Archery 101 and Air Pistols 101, during which Instructors will provide basic training for each shooting discipline. The grand opening event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with food available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and skill classes scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The fee for these outdoor skills lessons is $18, which includes use of the archery range or airgun for the day, a target, an airgun, and the use of pellets for the duration of the Air Gun 101 Course, or use of a bow and arrow for the day at the archery range (provided the lanes are open).

Because space is limited in these classes, Fish and Game asks those interested to register in advance by contacting Volunteer Services Coordinator Derek Fong at 208-854-8957 or by email at derek.fong @idfg.idaho.gov. Payment for skills lessons is due when you arrive at the range.

A portion of each shooting range will remain open to public shooters during these lessons, so shooters who aren’t interested in the skills lessons can just turn up and shoot!

Where is the range located?

The Nampa Public Range is located at 222 W. Railroad St. in Nampa.

The easiest way to get there is to take the Northside Boulevard exit from Interstate 84. From there, head south on Northside Boulevard for about three-quarters of a mile and turn right onto N Broadmore Way. Shortly after turning onto N Broadmore Way, people should see a Fish and Game Range sign directing them to turn left onto W. Railroad St.

Nampa Public Shooting Range is located about 400 meters up the road on the right.

What are the regular public filming times?

Indoor shooting range: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday

Indoor archery range: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Outdoor archery range: daily, sunrise to sunset

What are the costs for shooting?

Shooter fees are $10 per visit for the indoor archery range or the air rifle range. Fee includes your first airgun or archery target. Additional targets and scopes are available for purchase, in addition to airgun rentals.

Admission to the outdoor archery range is free and a donation box is available on site.