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Great Swamp Shooting Range

Learn more about private shooting ranges.

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Alert

Maintenance work at the Great Swamp Shooting Range is scheduled from Tuesday, September 3 to Friday, September 6, 2019. Limited access and closures to range may occur. Please call us at 401-539-0019 (M-F 8:30 AM-4:00 PM) for range hours during this time.

The range will be closed for an event on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

The Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is pleased to welcome sports men and women to the newly renovated Great Swamp Shooting Range, located within the Great Swamp Management Area in South Kingstown. The project significantly upgraded both shooting opportunities and safety measures at Rhode Island’s only public shooting range. It was funded entirely by revenue generated from the federal Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act and hunting license receipts.

Completed in late-summer 2018, the Great Swamp Shooting Range uses the latest industry standards for safety and management practices. Everything from the bench design, baffles, and curtains between shooting stations was designed to create a safe, comfortable, and environmentally-friendly shooting experience. Additionally, solar energy is used for powering the range office to help reduce energy consumption.

The improved range includes 50-yard and 100-yard shooting lanes. Both the 50-yard and 100-yard shooting lanes have been outfitted with overhead safety baffles and earthen backstops to prevent bullets from exiting the range. The baffles are covered in mortar board to prevent ricochets and muffle the sounds of gunfire. A specific reason that the Great Swamp range was upgraded is to allow gun owners to practice using their centerfire rifles safely and responsibly under the supervision of trained range officers.

The DEM Division of Fish & Wildlife allows the following types of firearms to be used at the improved range: handguns, shotguns, rimfire rifles, centerfire rifles, muzzleloader rifles, and air guns. Non-permitted visitors are allowed but they may not handle firearms and are not allowed on the firing line. DEM staff and Range Safety Officers are the authority concerning all matters involving range operation and safety. Participants must heed all range commands without hesitation or risk expulsion from the facility. The range is not open unless a Range Safety Officer is present.

The range supports DEM’s Hunter Safety Education Program, which instructs hunters and sport shooters in the safe storage, transport, handling, and shooting of firearms. Shooting accuracy is critically important for ethical hunting and humane take of legally hunted game. Sighting in firearms, adjusting scopes, and simply practicing with targets are important and necessary steps to prepare for hunting with any firearm. The range provides a positive and structured environment for adults and youth alike to learn to use a variety of firearms.

Location
The Great Swamp Range is located within the Great Swamp Management Area at:

  • 277 Great Neck Road, West Kingston, RI 02892
  • Continue past the office complex and follow the signs to the range.

Hours and Season of Operation

  • The range is open 7 days per week from April 1 thru September 30.
  • Hours are 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM.
    Hours of operation may vary due to staffing, training activities, maintenance activities and/or environmental conditions.

Contact Information
There is no telephone service at the range. Please call the Hunter Education Office at 401-539-0019 (M-F 8:30 AM-4:00 PM) or Scott.Travers@dem.ri.gov. Direct mail to: RI Fish & Wildlife Hunter Education Office, 1-B Camp E-Hun-Tee Place, Exeter, RI 02822

Permit Applications

 
Frequently Asked Questions: Great Swamp Shooting Range
What should I know about the range?

The Great Swamp Shooting Range is operated by the Division of Fish & Wildlife and offers public target shooting on a seasonal basis. A free permit is required prior to use. Non-permitted visitors are allowed but they may not handle firearms and are not allowed on the firing line.

Where is the range located?

The Great Swamp Range is located within the Great Swamp Management Area at: 277 Great Neck Road, West Kingston, RI 02892. Continue past the office complex and follow the signs to the range.

What are the hours and season of operation?

The hours of operation are 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM. The range is open 7 days per week from April 1 thru September 30.

What types of Firearms are allowed at the Great Swamp Shooting Range?

Firearms allowed at the range include handguns, shotguns, rimfire rifles, centerfire rifles, muzzleloader rifles, and air guns. The Division of Fish & Wildlife reserves the right to allow or disallow additional types of firearms as deemed appropriate to facility modification or use.

What are the target range regulations?

Target range regulations can be found on the Secretary of State's website under section 1.33 of Park and Management Area Rules and Regulations (250-RICR-100-00-1).

How do I contact the range?

There is no telephone service at the range. The primary contact is the Hunter Education Office at 401-539-0019 or email Scott.Travers@dem.ri.gov. The secondary contact is the Great Swamp Office at 401-789-0281. Please direct all mail to: RI Fish & Wildlife Hunter Education Office, 1-B Camp E-Hun-Tee Place, Exeter, RI 02822.

How do I apply for a FREE Great Swamp Range Permit?

Permit Applications are available:

 

For New Range Users:
It is mandatory to obtain a range permit prior to using the Great Swamp Shooting Range. The application period is from February 1 through September 20 of the calendar year.

Instructions for New Range Users who are Adults (18 years or older):

  • Complete the application
  • Attach a copy of a government issued picture ID (such as a state driver’s license)
  • Attach a copy of your gun safety credentials such as:
    • State-issued Hunter Education Card
    • Valid, state-issued, firearms hunting license
    • DEM Pistol/Revolver Certification Card (Blue Card)
    • Valid, RI Department of Attorney General Pistol Permit
    • Active Duty Military ID
    • Retired Military DD214
    • Equivalent Certification as determined by the RI Division of Fish and Wildlife
    • Have your signature notarized. Notarization is available at most banks and town halls, and is also offered at the Great Swamp Office 401-789-0281 and at the Hunter Education Office 401-539-0019. Please call ahead.
    • Mail to address indicated on the bottom of form along with a self-addressed stamped envelope.
     

    Instructions for New Range Users who are Minors (17 years and younger):

    • Parent or guardian must complete the application.
    • Parent must attached their photo ID.
    • Parent signature must be notarized. Notarization is available at most banks and town halls, and is also offered at the Great Swamp Office 401-789-0281 and at the Hunter Education Office 401-539-0019. Please call ahead.
    • No gun safety credential is required of a minor applicant but they must be supervised by a permitted adult when using the range.
    • Mail to the address indicated on bottom of form along with a self-addressed stamped envelope.
    • Once a minor reaches age 18, they must provide gun safety credentials and apply as an adult.
How do I renew my permit?

Range permit holders are required to renew their permit and attend a range safety briefing every 5 years.

Instructions for Adults (18 years or older) to renew their permit:

  • Complete the application.
  • Attach your expired permit.
  • Mail to address indicated on bottom of form along with a self-addressed stamped envelope. Notarization and gun credentials are not required for renewals.
 

Instructions for Minors (17 years and younger) to renew their permit:

  • Parent or guardian must complete the application.
  • Attach expired minor permit.
  • Mail to address indicated on bottom of form along with a stamped envelope. Notarization is not required for renewals.
  • Once a minor reaches age 18, they must provide gun safety credentials and apply as an adult.
What happens after I apply?

Qualified applicants and renewal applicants will receive a letter indicating the dates and times of the range safety briefings along with a copy of the Target Range Regulations (section 1.33), which should be reviewed prior to attendance. Please note: Incomplete applications will be returned with a letter of explanation.

Both new users and renewals must attend a Range Safety Briefing in order to obtain your range permit. The Range Safety Briefings are held throughout the season at the Great Swamp Shooting Range and generally last less than one hour. No appointment is necessary. Adult applicants MUST bring a photo ID in order to participate in the Range Safety Briefing. Minors must attend in the company of a parent or guardian.

Your permit application will remain active for 2 range seasons (April to October). If you fail to attend a range safety briefing in that time frame, you must reapply.

How long is my range permit valid?

Adult Range Permits are issued for 5 years. Minor Range Permits are issued for 5 years unless the applicant will turn 18 within that time frame. The minor’s permit will expire on their 18th birthday at which time they must apply as an adult.

Rev. 5/2/19

Stay Informed

Location: The Great Swamp Range is located within the Great Swamp Management Area at: 277 Great Neck Road, West Kingston, RI 02892. Continue past the office complex and follow the signs to the range.

Hours/Season: The shooting range is open 7 days per week from April 1 thru September 30. Hours are 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM. Hours of operation may vary due to staffing, training activities, maintenance activities and/or environmental conditions.

Contact: There is no telephone service at the range. Please call the Hunter Education Office at 401-539-0019 (M-F 8:30 AM-4:00 PM) or Scott.Travers@dem.ri.gov. Direct mail to: RI Fish & Wildlife Hunter Education Office, 1-B Camp E-Hun-Tee Place, Exeter, RI 02822

Contact
Wildlife Management
Great Swamp Headquarters
277 Great Neck Rd., West Kingston 02892
Phone: (401) 789-0281
DEM.DFW@dem.ri.gov

Hunter Education - Fish and Wildlife Education Office
1B Camp E-Hun-Tee Place, Exeter 02822
Phone: (401) 539-0019


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