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National Shooting Sports Foundation Awards $25,000 for New DNR Outreach Program

DNR seeking partner shooting ranges and sportsmen’s groups

woman shooting a hunting rifle The National Shooting Sports Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service to help create a new Maryland Hunting and Shooting Sports Outreach Program to provide ‘next step’ assistance for novice hunters and shooters of all ages to feel comfortable engaging in these activities.

The program will provide a safe, fun opportunity for people to learn about shooting sports, hunting and the important role sportsmen play in the conservation and stewardship of Maryland’s wildlife.  DNR hunting and wildlife experts, in partnership with public shooting ranges and other appropriate venues, will host a series of hands-on mini workshops to give participants the knowledge and confidence to pursue these interests.  

DNR is in the initial planning stages and expects to start offering these workshops to the public this summer. The Department is currently seeking partnerships to help reach this goal. Maryland shooting venues and sportsmen’s groups looking to participate, and those seeking more information, are asked to please contact Patricia Handy at or 410-260-8537.

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  • Pat

    This is great news! Unfortunately, why have only one date? I can’t make it on the 27th due to other commitments… :(

    • kking

      Hi Pat,

      Thank you for your interest in our new program. We are in the process of finalizing dates for more of these mini-workshops. The goal is to have 4-7 of these workshops in each of the 4 regions of the state over the next year. As venues and workshops dates are finalized I will be updating the schedule. There will be more workshops scheduled soon!

      Patricia Handy (Allen)
      MD-DNR WHS
      Information & Education Program Manager