Many rifle hunters are regulars at their local shooting range but new hunters or new residents of an area sometimes struggle to find a place to practice or sight in their weapon ahead of the hunting season.
Fortunately, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has compiled a list of public shooting ranges and it makes for a great resource.
Some of the ranges charge a daily use fee while others require a yearly membership that typically ranges from $50 to $150. If you are on a limited budget there are a plethora of designated shooting areas on public land like the Seventeen Mile Shooting Range north of Billings on Roundup Road.
However, developed ranges with shooting benches and controlled environments provide a better place to find your zero. Some, like the Valley County Rifle and Pistol Club Range on Oct. 14, offer free sight in days for the public. Check with your local range to see if they hold such events.
For a list of shooting ranges in Montana click here.
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