This is a resource summary page of information I have found regarding the Pittman-Robertson Act.

In a nutshell, there is tax money available to be gotten from your state Parks and Wildlife Department to support certain aspects of archery.    The funds arise from a tax levied on all hunting licenses.  This act has been in existence for many years and has put millions into preserving wild lands and resources. 

Brief Overview of PR Act - this act promotes wildlife conservation and supports certain archery functions, such as the building of shooting ranges.

Heritage Testimony Before Congress Provides excellent over view of PR Act, July 20, 1999

Sept. 3, 2001 - grant given to three ranges, total of $150K

Aug. 30, 1999 - grant given to two ranges, total of $100K

Aug. 2001 - grant given, this one shows good example of the "Target Range Plan" used to assign priority to grant requests

This information was posted by Wayne Caviness:

Trolling the Internet produced a lot of info on P-R. The following is an excerpt of the archery-related content...

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States are encouraged to develop or enter into third-party agreements in order to gain a suitable number of safe shooting and archery facilities nationwide. To accomplish this hands-on experience, the States may lease or rent or enter into third party agreements to provide archery and shooting range facilities or services from local clubs.

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The other proviso on funding provides that 1/2 of the revenue accruing to the fund from the tax imposed upon pistols and revolvers, bows and arrows shall be apportioned among the states in a proportion to the ratio that the population of each state bears, to the population of all states, provided that each state shall be apportioned not more than 3% nor less than 1% of such revenue. Population here is determined by the most recent census. This portion may be used by any state to pay up to 75% of the cost of a hunter safety program including the construction, operation, and maintenance of public target ranges as a part of such a program. The non Federal share of such costs may be derived from license fees paid by hunters, but not from other Federal grants or programs. (Sec.669c(b))

The basic requirements for target ranges to qualify under these laws are safety, public accessibility, and their use in the State's Hunter Training Program. Impact areas, backstops, safety zones, berms, and baffles may be required to maximize safety of a range. Proper supervision and adequately posted and enforced regulations must be maintained to insure the safety of users.

Link to Oregonís grant Application Handbook: ...  (alternate local link)
Oregon Range Development Manual as an acrobat file
Grant Eligibility
This grant program is available to organizations that maintain a non-profit status and that provide access to the general public and hunter education class instructors and participants.
Projects eligible for reimbursement include backstops, berms, target holders, benches, baffles, protective fencing, signs, lighting, field courses, platforms, roads, parking areas, sanitary facilities, storage rooms, shelter buildings and classrooms. All range construction must be on lands owned by the applicant or lands controlled by the applicant by a use permit, lease or easement that ensures use for a minimum of 10 years.
Ineligible projects include clubhouses, employee residences, similar or other facilities not essential to the operation of the shooting range or the conduct of hunter education classes, maintenance expenses, portable items that are easily stolen or lost, and items that do not have an expected life of at least 10 years.

Indiana Shooting Range grant program: a 123 page manual can be accessed at the following link: ...(alternate local link)

Local link to the acrobat file.

To summarize:
> P-R funds can be used to develop archery ranges via grants available from the fish and wildlife departments/divisions of each state.

> Such ranges must be used in the state's hunter education program, though none of the sites that I visited specified a degree of involvment required.

> Almost all aspects of range construction are funded by P-R grants, including backstops, signs, fencing, berms, field courses, roads, parking areas, etc. Notably, the land on which the range sits is not covered (see next item).

> All states require grant applicants to already own the land underneath the proposed range, although there appear to be some other grants which, under certain circumstances, will fund the purchase of land for these purposes in some states.

> Many states have websites that provide detailed information on the grant application process (see those listed above for examples).

> And older ranges can use the funds to renovate.

Thanks to OldReliable (Wayne Caviness, dad to Luke)

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