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Deer Creek FWA shooting range seeks concessionaire

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is looking for qualified operators for the modern, multi-million dollar shooting range facility at Deer Creek Fish & Wildlife Area (FWA) in Cloverdale. 

Deer Creek FWA comprises 2,175 acres and includes rolling, interspersed agriculture and mature oak-hickory dominated woods. Visitors participate in hunting, fishing, shooting, trapping, and wildlife watching.

Deer Creek’s shooting range offers a rifle and pistol range, and a shotgun range. The building has indoor restrooms, and the host will be responsible for keeping these clean and supplied with basic toiletries. The building also includes space for retail sales.

The shooting range is an excellent opportunity for a public-private partnership to support recreational shooting and conservation. Funding for the Indiana DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife comes in part from the federal Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson programs. These funds are derived from excise taxes levied on firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, and fishing tackle. The shooting range facility directly supports the conservation of fish, wildlife, and their habitats through these programs.

Those interested in learning more about the facility and how to bid should contact Deer Creek FWA at 765-653-0453. The deadline for proposals is Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. ET.