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State DNR shines light on shooting sports
August is National Shooting Sports Month
A boy fires a gun at a local shooting range while his father looks on. August is National Shooting Sports Month and the state Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division is encouraging the public to celebrate. - photo by DNR

Created to encourage participation in the shooting sports and emphasize firearms safety, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division encourages you to celebrate the 2018 National Shooting Sports Month throughout August.

“We are truly excited about promoting National Shooting Sports Month,” said Jennifer Pittman, hunter development program manager. “This is the perfect incentive for our regular range customers to introduce someone new to the sport they love and for those who haven’t been out to the range lately to get back out there and get in some practice, so if you’re a fan of the shooting sports, come on out and see what we have to offer.”

Whether you’re an experienced competitor, a hunter or a person interested in acquiring their first firearm and learning how to shoot, you are encouraged to visit a range near you for the purpose of skill building and firearms safety education:

Find a range near you, visit 

Need to know more about safely using a firearm? Visit

For national information, visit to learn more, and be sure to “Like” NSSF’s Facebook page to see updates from other participating ranges and retailers near you, as well as stories from friends and family across the country helping everyone celebrate this special event.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. For more information, visit


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