PINETOP, Ariz — Shooting enthusiast, both expert and novice, have been enjoying the new Second Knoll Target Range located just outside of Show Low. The range, which has been open since last August, includes a 50-yard range, a 100-yard range and four 25-yard pistol bays.
The Second Knoll Target Range was built with the vision of providing a safe, public shooting facility with the added benefit of reducing dispersed shooting on public lands. In addition to recreational shooting, the range is also used for Hunter Education field day instruction, firearms instruction and shooting competitions.
The Second Knoll Target Range is the result of a long-term effort by the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD), the Forest Service (FS), and the White Mountain Shooters Association (WMSA) to establish a public shooting facility in the White Mountains. Phase 1 includes The Second Knoll Target Range is operated by the WMSA, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, through a license agreement with the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, under a 20-year special use permit issued to AZGFD. The target range is located in an unused cinder pit that was previously permitted by the FS to the Arizona Department of Transportation. The range is located on approximately 80 acres of land managed by the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.
Future construction plans include a 300-yard rifle range, camp host site, classroom and club house.
The Second Knoll Target Range is located approximately 6 miles east of Show Low. From the intersection of Highway 60 and Highway 77 in Show Low, take Hwy 60 east 4.4 miles and turn right (south) and follow the road for about a half mile. For operating hours or other questions, visit http://www.wmsainc.org/ or call 928-205-3609.