Maryland's Elk Neck State Forest Shooting Range To Open Earlier On Mondays

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Starting January 9, 2012, the Elk Neck State Forest shooting ranges will be open from 1 p.m. to sunset, making them more accessible to users during the winter months.

“Many customers stated that Monday’s 4 p.m. opening time, paired with the early sunsets, significantly restricted their shooting hours,” said Forest Ranger Shawn Day. ”They spoke and we listened, I think this is great news!”

The ranges are also open from 9 a.m. to sunset, Tuesday through Sunday. They open later on Mondays to allow for preventive maintenance and grounds care work. Ranges are open on all holidays – including Mondays – from 9 a.m. to sunset. Sunset times are posted on all information boards at the range complex.

The complex is made up of four separate ranges; a 100-yard rifle range, 50 yard pistol range, shotgun/skeet range, and 14-target archery range.

Ranges are open to the public and require either a daily or annual permit, available at the forest office. Yearly permits may also be purchased online at or at any Sport License Sales Agent within Maryland.

For more information on Elk Neck State Forest or the shooting ranges visit or call 410-287-5675.