Cacapon State Park gets first shot at clay range

September 11, 2007|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.VA. - Cacapon State Park has the first wobble clay shooting range in a West Virginia state park, and Gov. Joe Manchin helped dedicate it Monday, cutting the ribbon and saying he was ready to shoot.

"This is something I enjoy," Manchin said. "If it makes noise, whether an engine or a gun, I like it."

Wobble clays are clay targets released into the air for trapshooting.

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources personnel from Charleston, W.Va., and Cacapon State Park were at the range, along with state legislators who were attending an interim session.

Del. Brady R. Paxton, D-Putnam, a Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Committee member, said the members were discussing all the state parks, and they want to make them "accessible and popular to the citizens."

"This shooting range here today is an example of cooperation between states. We borrow their ideas and they borrow ours. This is one more reason for our citizens to get out and enjoy Cacapon State Park. Once we show them what we have to offer, we'll make regular visitors out of them," Paxton said.


Brad Reed, assistant superintendent at Cacapon State Park, said extensive sound testing was done to make sure no one is disturbed by the noise.

The two-acre shooting range is on Cacapon Mountain, he said.

The range will open Sept. 29, by reservation only. The cost is $17 per person for 25 shots at five stations, he said. People can bring their own 12-gauge or smaller shotguns for $7, but Cacapon provides the clay birds, which are environmentally friendly, Reed said.

Frank Jezioro, DNR director, worked closely with Tom Ambrose, superintendent at Cacapon State Park, Reed said.

Jezioro said the cost for the building materials was about $30,000, adding that it will pay for itself.

Ambrose said all labor was done by state park personnel, and volunteers will maintain it. The money made will go toward funding the West Virginia park system, he said.

"It gives people an opportunity to do something else other than the usual resort amenities. Now, we're stepping into the true resort," Jezioro said.

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