From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
HELENA — The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) will hold a grand opening ceremony for the Cahaba River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Shooting Range at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, according to a release. The public is invited to attend the event.
The shooting range was closed for renovations and cleanup following the Colonial Pipeline gasoline spill in 2016. The range is located on Localmont Road approximately 10 minutes southwest of Helena, Ala. GPS coordinates: 33 deg. 14″ 49.00″ N 86 deg. 54′ 05.37″ W.
During the closure, WFF renovated and expanded the shooting range. Improvements and additions include: 50-yard and 25-yard berms, new covered shooting shelters, new shooting benches and an expanded parking area.
Winter hours for the Cahaba River WMA Shooting Range will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Wednesday throughSunday (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). WFF staff will be onsite during operating hours.
A valid hunting, wildlife heritage, fishing, or WMA license is required for all shooting range users between the ages of 16-64. Licenses are available online at www.outdooralabama.com.
In addition to the shooting range, the 35,559-acre Cahaba River WMA offers both big and small game hunting opportunities. For more information about the WMA or shooting range, call the WFF District III Office at 205-339-5716, or visit www.outdooralabama.com/cahaba-river-wma-shooting-range.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.