South Sandy shooting range is located on the Talladega National Forest, adjacent to the Oakmulgee Wildlife Management Area. The Oakmulgee Ranger District and the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (AWFF) cooperatively operate and maintain the South Sandy Shooting Range as an unsupervised public shooting range on the Talladega National Forest to provide a quality, safe, and enjoyable facility for hunters and shooters.
This range is encompassed by Oakmulgee Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and receives use from general forest and WMA visitors. It is open for shooting practice seven days a week during daylight hours.
All 16 shooting benches face target berms at 25 and 100 yards. Two of the benches are wheelchair accessible, complete with wheelchair access for target retrieval. A special area is designated for clay target shooting. The sanitary facility adjacent to the shooting area is also wheelchair accessible.
South Sandy Shooting Range is managed by a partnership: the Talladega National Forest, the Oakmulgee District and the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. The range was established with funding from the Wildlife Restoration Fund, which distributes money from federal excise taxes on firearms and ammunition.
States can use the funds for wildlife restoration, hunter education and shooting sports projects.
This pass permits one vehicle and the vehicle's occupants to the South Sandy Shooting Range for one day.
Download and sign into the free Recreation.gov mobile app on Android or iOS prior to your arrival as there can be limited cellular service at the site: https://www.recreation.gov/mobile-app
Please plan your trip when visiting a national forest. Check for closures by visiting Know Before You Go.
All visitors must display a valid pass at day use fee sites where required. A printed copy of the pass is recommended for your vehicle. If you cannot print your pass, please write down your confirmation number on a provided fee envelope onsite and display in vehicle dash. If paying onsite, please write confirmation number on provided fee envelope and display in vehicle dash. Please note that if you have a valid Alabama Hunting License, Wildlife Management Area License, or Heritage License, a day use pass is not required.
This pass does not guarantee parking availability. For your safety, please remember that parking outside of designated areas is discouraged and visitors who park illegally may be fined and towed. This pass is valid until 11:59 PM of the date listed on the pass, and only for the date and vehicle specified for this pass. There is no room for RVs due to limited space in the parking area.
No Golden Age Passport or America the Beautiful Interagency Pass discounts are applicable.
Passes are non-transferrable, non-refundable, not replaceable if lost or stolen, and are void if altered or reproduced.
South Sandy Shooting Range Rules
1. STATIONARY PAPER TARGETS ONLY! No glass, plastic jugs, or metal.
2. SHOOT INTO THE EMBANKMENT.
3. PLACE YOUR TARGETS AND TRASH (Cartridges, Shot Shells, etc.) IN A GARBAGE CAN OR REMOVE FROM THE AREA!
4. KEEP ALL FIREARMS POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION.
5. SHOOTERS MUST POSSESS A VALID ALABAMA HUNTING OR WMA LICENSE OR PAY THE USFS USER FEE DAILY.
6. DO NOT WALK DOWN RANGE UNTIL ALL SHOOTING HAS CEASED, FIREARMS ARE UNLOADED AND POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION.