News

Second Knoll Target Range Adopts MP 345-346 for Road Clean-up

WMSA has joined the AZ Department of Transportation in adopting a mile for road clean-up. We have adopted MP 345—346 on Hwy. 60, starting at Little Mormon Lake Road, and heading towards the Second Knoll Target Range. We will be conducting our first clean-up on Wednesday, March 20 from 1:00PM—3:00PM. We invite the membership and the community to attend our Wednesday, March 13 WMSA  Board Meeting at Show Low Café at 6:30pm. We will discuss the clean-up and provide safety information for all who wish to participate. It is also recommended that you view a six-minute safety video by ADOT at the following link prior to the meeting: Adopt a Highway Briefing.

If you can’t attend our meeting but wish to participate in the clean-up, please call me at 928-521-4821 so I can meet with you.

Linda Gilbertson, Publicity

Moving Forward

AZ Game and Fish Range Administrator Matt Schwarzkopf answered questions at January’s meeting. He did announce that a contract has been let for the engineering of the caretaker/campground host pad . . . AND the 300-yard range! These are the first steps, required by the Forest Service, for construction. While the caretaker is coming first, the only “educated estimate” for the 300-yard range was around $300,000. So construction may be a ways off.

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Article on Second Knoll Target Range 

Target shooting can be a fun and rewarding activity for the whole family and a great way to enjoy our public lands. As fire season progresses and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest moves into Stage II fire restrictions, opportunities for dispersed target shooting become limited. Fortunately there is a great facility for target shooting located on the National Forest that remains open despite the restrictions. . . .

Rentals

The training and competition bays are available for rent for private events. Contact the club for details.

The Big News

We now have overhead cover on the 100- and 50-yard range firing lines! The Game and Fish Department paid for a solid, well-built cover on both ranges. This is a result of the volunteer hours by the RSOs, Board members, and the membership, and our willingness to abide by the rules of the Forest Service and Game and Fish.

Bill Weldon, our outgoing Vice President, got to fire the first shot under the new covers. And, rather than protect us from the sun, they kept the (welcome) rain off our heads while the Mountain Riflemen, the Muzzleloaders, the Bullseye shooters, and the general public shot! Come on out and enjoy it yourself!

Range Safety Officers Needed