From Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
-- The recent growth around Arkansas in shotgun competitions has spurred an expansion of shooting facilities at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Rick Evans/Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center.
The center is near Columbus and west of Hope in Hempstead County. It was a private hunting and shooting preserve when acquired by the AGFC in 1997, the first major land acquisition project after the passage of the Arkansas Constitution's Amendment 75, the Conservation Sales tax, by voters in November 1996.
With the inaugural of the highly popular Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program, teams of competitive shooters have been formed around the state. The expansion of the Grandview shotgun ranges will provide a center in southwest Arkansas for these competitions.
The shooting facilities will include three trap fields, two skeet fields and a sporting clays field that will overlay some of the trap fields.
According to Lucy Moreland, AGFC chief of education and outreach, the project is expected to cost $106,000, with some of the money coming from federal sources. The ranges will be open to public use when not hosting scheduled competitions.
The conservation education center is in the 4,885-acre Rick Evans/Grandview Prairie Wildlife Management Area. It is a popular hunting area for many species of wildlife, has two fishing lakes and is heavily visited in the spring by viewers of its abundant wildflowers.