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Shooting Range

The Michaux Target Shooting Range located on Birch Run Road in Franklin Township, Adams County, offers a 70 yard rifle range as well as a 25 yard multi-distance pistol range. A valid DCNR range permit is required. Permits are available for purchase at the Michaux State Forest District office during weekdays.

Range Highlights

Rifle range

  • 9 covered shooting stations
  • 70 yard maximum shooting distance
  • Bore-sighting station
  • Target holders

Pistol range

  • 6 covered shooting stations
  • Movable target holders (from 3 to 25 yard positions)


To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience please follow our safety regulations: 

  • Always wear eye and ear protection
  • A range master must be assigned and present when 3 or more shooters are on site
  • Dial 911 for emergencies
  • No children under the age of 10 are permitted on range.
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited

Permit Fees


  • PA Resident $30 / Family $40
  • Non-Resident $36 / Family $48

30 Day

  • PA Resident $15 / Family $20
  • Non-Resident $30 / Family $35
A valid DCNR issued permit is required to use the facilities. Permits are available for purchase at the Michaux State Forest District office Monday thru
Friday between the hours of 8 am and 3:30 pm. 

Target Range Rules

  • Single projectile ammunition only
  • A range master must be appointed when 3 or more individuals are using the range
  • Dispose of spent brass, targets, and other forms of litter on the range premises in the trash receptacles provided or by other lawful means
  • Firearms must be unloaded except while in the act of shooting and in accordance with range master’s instructions
  • No more than 3 live rounds in firearm at the rifle range
  • No more than 6 live rounds in firearm at the pistol range
  • No discharging of a firearm on the range except from a designated shooting station at a designated target
  • Only 1 un-cased weapon at a time per shooting station
  • Remain at the staging area pavilion until a shooting station becomes available
  • Michaux target range is a tobacco free facility. Use of tobacco products is prohibited, including but not limited to, smoking, chewing, and vaping
  • Shooters between ages 10 and 15 must be supervised by an adult (one shooter per adult). Children under the age of 10 are not permitted on range
  • 30 minute shooting limit when others are awaiting turn
  • The listed family permit holder must be on 

prohibited acts

  • Using or attempting to use range when it is closed
  • Possessing ammunition or weapons not permitted for range use in the staging area or on range
  • Possession of alcoholic beverages, drugs or under the influence of such substances while on range premises
  • Using the range without a valid DCNR issued permit
  • Failure to follow range master’s instructions or safety procedures
  • Aggressive, disorderly, negligent, or violent behavior directed towards range users or property

Prohibited Items

  • High velocity .50 caliber firearms
  • No semi-automatic rifles on range during high use period (Labor Day until the Friday before the regular firearms deer season)
  • Armor piercing, incendiary, explosive, bird shot, shot shells, and tracer ammo

Target Range Rules Strictly Enforced under State Law

Hours of operation

The 1st Monday following regular firearms deer season thru May 15th:

  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 10 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Sunday: 12 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday/Thursday: Closed

Closed May 15th thru the 1st Monday after July 4th for critical bird nesting season

The 1st Monday after July 4th until the Sunday prior to Labor Day:

  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Saturday/Sunday: 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Tuesday/Thursday: Closed

Labor Day until the Friday before the regular firearms deer season:

  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 10 AM - 5 PM
  • Saturday/Sunday: 10 AM - 5 PM
  • Tuesday/Thursday: Closed

Closed during regular firearms deer season.