Area Outdoor Gun Ranges


The 6,400-acre Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, offers a variety of activities & programs. 

This  area is centrally located in a beautiful wooded setting near Mansfield, Georgia, making it easily accessible from Atlanta, Athens, & Macon.  

In addition to Astronomy Fields, Primitive Group Camping, Fishing, Archery (including a 3-D archery range), Hiking, Bird Watching, Horseback Riding (and much more), they have two pistol & rifle ranges and shotgun facilities. 

Facilities available at the Clybel Shooting Range include:


  • 100-yard Range
  • 50-yard Range
  • 2 Skeet & Trap Fields
  • 5-Stand


Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center is also the annual host for Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) 

BOW is a non-profit, educational program offering hands-on workshops to adult women in a supportive environment conducive to learning, making friends, & having fun. 

No experience is necessary.  BOW is for women of all ages & fitness levels.

The "Original BOW" workshop format  is a 3-day, multi-course event with more than 20 classes to choose from including fly fishing; archery; pistol, shotgun & rifle shooting; wildlife habitat; canoeing; kayaking; hiking; camping; nature photography; fishing; boating & more.

Georgia also offers "Beyond BOW" opportunities which include 1-3 day events with a single topic like the Glock Handgun for Women course, charter fishing, kayaking on a local lake, a weekend of camping, or an archery clinic.

"BOW Destinations" are specialty trips to special destinations.  These specialty trips include Sapelo Island & the Okefenokee.

Developed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division, the Georgia BOW Workshops allow participants to develop hunting, fishing, boating & other outdoor recreation skills through sessions led by outdoors professionals. These sessions provide novices & more experienced participants enough knowledge & experience to pursue their outdoors interests when the workshop is over.  

Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Information

 In 1968, a handful of dedicated &  farsighted shooting enthusiasts started the Cherokee Gun Club (CGC)

This group of shooters was made up of hunters, shotgunners, pistol shooters, &  black powder shooters. They came from all walks of life, but had a common goal: to establish a suitable place to shoot. They leased 21 acres – an old “dug-out” gravel pit atop Buckhorn Mountain – from the Eston Smith family. The range facilities consisted of a 25-yd range &  a 100-yd range. Target stands were cardboard boxes that the shooters brought with them, and clay target throwers were of the “hand-thrown” type.  

Today Cherokee Gun Club is a private shooting facility located on 115 scenic acres near Gainesville, Georgia.   Close enough to be convenient yet secluded enough to be relaxing. 

Visitors are welcome at membership meetings, open events & competitions.  Non-members may participate & shoot at all “open” matches &  competitions (but may not shoot on any other ranges except as a guest of a member.)

Matches include:  Int'l Handgun Metallic Silhouette, IDPA, Action Cowboys, Buffalo Runners, Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays, Extreme Rimfire, & Tactical Rifle, among other various competitions.

Cherokee Gun Club Information

South River Gun Club is both a membership club for rifle & pistol & a public shooting facility for trap & skeet.  They offer 11 trap & 5 skeet fields, 22 action shooting pits, 25/50 yard bullseye range, &  50/100/200/300 yard rifle ranges.    

They are open 3 days a week for the clay target sports:  Wednesday, 2P-8P; Saturday, 10A-6P; Sunday, 12-6P. The general public is welcome to shoot trap or skeet with us on these days. The rates for non-members for a round of trap or skeet is $8.00 per round.

They have a full slate of tournaments for those interested in competitive shooting.  They have held the Georgia State Trapshoot for 20 years running;  the Georgia State IDPA/GADPA Championship; major matches in 3 Gun; & the Area VI USPSA Championships.

South River Gun Club Information

 Etowah Valley Sporting Clays offers serious sport shooting enthusiasts, as well as beginners looking to have fun, the premier spot for clay, skeet, trap &  five stand shooting in the greater Atlanta area. 

Open since 2004,  ownership & staff are veterans of clay shooting &  know what fun looks like.

They have several courses &  offerings for beginners & gun sports veterans alike.  Courses are laid out over the natural setting of the Appalachian mountain range foothills, just north off of Highway 400.  

Etowah Valley Sporting Clays Information

River Bend Gun Club is a members-only shooting facility located in the Southwest corner of Dawson County, Georgia. 

They offer Pistol, Rifle, & Shotgun disciplines & competitions.

River Bend Gun club information

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