By JACK WEATHERLY
The McIvor Shooting Facility opened near Sardis adjacent to the Charles Ray Nix Wildlife Management Area on Saturday as a $4 million public-private investment.
The 400-acre McIvor facility is a state-of-the-art resource for the state’s firearm enthusiasts, and it is the result of three years of planning, design and construction by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and the Foundation of the Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
It joins two other WFP ranges – the Turcotte Shooting Facility at Canton at 506 Highway 435, and McHenry Shooting facility in near Perkinston in Stone County on 1060 E. McHenry Rd.
The newest range is located at 4216 Davis Chapel Rd., Sardis. Everyone 16 or older must pay $15 for admission. Rules and regulations and all other information for the three facilities are available online at mdwfp.com/law-enforcement/hunting-rules-regs/
Winchester Ammunition, which has two manufacturing facilties at Oxford, contributed a $1.4 million matching grant for the McIvor range.
“For decades, Winchester has been a strong leader in supporting recreational shooting sports activities as well as working with others to help grow participation,” Brett Flaugher, president of Winchester Ammunition, said in a news release. “With more than 50 million target shooters in the U.S., many of them here in the great state of Mississippi, we are very proud to be the major donor of this modern-day facility.”
Owned and operated by WFP, it is located adjacent to the Charles Ray Nix Wildlife Management Area not far from Winchester’s rimfire and centerfire ammunition manufacturing plants in Oxford. It includes ranges for rifles at 100 and 300 yards, pistols, sporting clays (15 stations), 5 stand, trap, skeet, archery and there’s a pro shop with golf cart rentals available.
“This is an excellent example of how public, private and corporate entities can work together on meaningful projects to serve the public’s interest,” said Dr. Sam Polles, executive director of WFP. “Not only will this facility provide tremendous recreational opportunities for Mississippi’s sporting public, but it will also bring economic growth to this area of the state. It is a win, win for all concerned.”
“Now with the opening of McIvor we have three amazing shooting facilities located across the state, providing affordable opportunities for all to enjoy,” said John E. Taylor, chairman of the foundation.
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