Expanded Shooting Opportunity Now Available in Central Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH – The Cardinal Center Campground and Shooting Center in Marengo will now open their rifle and pistol ranges to the public four days a week, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The Cardinal Center has entered into an agreement and is partnering with the ODNR Division of Wildlife to provide public shooting access while the Delaware Shooting Range is temporarily closed.

The Cardinal Center will now honor the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s one-day and annual shooting range permits for one hour, Thursday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. until dusk. Shooters who wish to continue shooting after their first hour each day may continue shooting at a rate of $20 per hour.

The Cardinal Center has ramped up expansion to help fill the shooting void that was created by the temporary closure of the Delaware Shooting Range. Under the five-year agreement, the Cardinal Center will maintain the ranges, provide annual reports of range usage and continue to promote shooting sports and shooting education for citizens of Ohio.

Visitors can purchase one of two permits to use at the range: a $24 annual shooting range permit or a $5 one-day shooting range permit at wildohio.gov or at any vendor that sells hunting and fishing licenses. The permits also allow the permit holder to access any of the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s Class “A” ranges throughout the year.

The Cardinal Center Campground and Shooting Center is located at 616 State Route 61 in Marengo, north of Columbus off I-71.

ODNR is committed to providing safe and quality shooting opportunities for Ohioans while remaining good stewards of the environment. Funding for this project and the ODNR shooting ranges returns to Ohio through the Federal Wildlife Restoration Act. Excise taxes are collected from the sale of firearms and ammunitions, and this funding is returned to the states for wildlife management and shooting range projects.

For more information about shooting ranges, visit wildohio.gov.