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West Mountain Shooting Range

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West Mountain Shooting Range in Ferdinand 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.


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

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Hours of Operation:

April 16 (depending on road conditions)  December 14 - Access to the shooting range is closed when South American Pond road gate is closed. Check here to learn if South American Pond road is open.
Monday Friday: 8:00 a.m. to sunset
Saturday - Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to sunset

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.