West Mountain Shooting Range

 West Mountain Shooting Range in East Haven is free and open to the public, featuring a 100-yard shooting range and target frames set at 25, 50, 75 and 100 yard distances.

LOCATION:

The West Mountain Shooting Range is located on the South American Pond Road on the West Mountain Wildlife Management Area in East Haven.

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HOURS OF OPERATION:

April 16 December 14
Monday  Friday: 8:00 a.m. to sunset
Saturday - Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to sunset

CLOSED
December 15 – April 15
Motor vehicle access to the shooting range will be closed when South American Pond road gate is closed.

RANGE RULES:

  • A Vermont hunting or fishing license is required for users 15 years and older.
  • License holders can bring one guest, but after three visits that guest must purchase a license.
  • Shooters and spectators are required to wear hearing and eye protection.
  • Children (aged 15 years or younger) must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Do not handle or shoot any firearms while anyone is beyond or in front of the firing line, shooting benches or otherwise down range.
  • Before going down range, you must communicate to all shooters to cease shooting.
  • Loaded firearms must remain pointed in a safe direction at all times.
  • All shooters must fire from, or next to, the shooting benches.
  • Shooters must be on the firing line before capping and priming muzzleloaders.
  • All firearms must remain unloaded, with actions open, until the shooter is ready to fire at the firing line.
  • All objects, trash, targets and spent cartridge hulls must be removed or placed in trash receptacles by users before leaving the range.
  • Only paper targets secured to target frames are allowed (e.g. no cans, bottles, or other items).
  • Do not shoot at any target frames, vegetation, trash, range equipment or facilities.

THE FOLLOWING ARE PROHIBITED:

  • Using the shooting range at any other time than the posted range hours.
  • Shooting from the hip or any other shooting position in which the shooter cannot properly utilize the sights.
  • Using tracer, armor piercing or steel core ammunition.
  • Using any fireworks, pyrotechnics, or any other explosive targets, including tannerite.
  • The shooting of any airborne or thrown objects (e.g. clay pigeons).
  • The use of cigarettes, pipes, drugs or alcohol.
  • Any person who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • The presence of any domestic animal or pets except bona fide Service and Assistance Animals.