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Welcome to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Shooting Sports Program!

The goals of the DNR Shooting Sports Program are as follows:

  • Introduce Iowans to the target shooting sports
  • Promote existing target shooting programs
  • Provide new target shooting programs
  • Provide assistance to in-school programs where possible
  • Provide more shooting facilities
  • Improve existing facilities

By providing programs and facilities for the shooting sports, the DNR will help ensure the future of hunting, shooting and outdoor conservation for generations to come. Target shooting is a lifetime sport that families can enjoy together and is one of the safest activities available today.

In addition, target shooting teaches the fundamental marksmanship skills required for hunting and provides multiple avenues for families to get involved in hunting and other outdoor pursuits.

2013 Hunter Education and Shooting Sports Program Annual Report

Iowa DNR Shooting Sports Archery and Shooting Range Grant Program
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources created the Shooting Sports Program Grant in 2012 to encourage the development and improvement of shooting ranges throughout Iowa. The grant program supports the Department’s Hunter Education Program, encourages hunters to become more proficient with firearms and archery equipment, promotes safe hunting and shooting practices, provides Iowa residents with safe shooting areas and supports law enforcement training.

The Department provides grant funds annually as available from the Trust Fund (license sales) and federal dollars (Pittman/Robertson Act); granting or denying funds is at the discretion of the Department. All partnerships, leases, and cooperative ventures entered into are granted according to law and to the rules and regulations of the Department and the Natural Resource Commission.

Shooting Range Grant Program Goals:  (1) Developing ranges in areas of the state where the need for public shooting facilities is greatest; (2) Providing an environment for public enjoyment and expansion of the shooting sports that emphasizes safety, hunter and shooter education, firearms and archery public safety training, plus recruitment of junior shooters; (3) Ensuring all ranges are operated in a safe, sound manner that promotes environmental stewardship and positive community relations.

NOTICE: The DNR will not be accepting applications for Archery and Shooting Range Grants in 2015 and 2016.

Chapter 56 - Shooting Sports Grant Program