Winchester, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, and Foundation Announce Grand Opening of New McIvor Shooting Facility

EAST ALTON, Ill. (March 26, 2019) —  After more than three years of planning, design and construction, the all-new McIvor Shooting Facility will open to the public on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Members of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) and the Foundation of the Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (FMWFP) built the public shooting range facility in north Mississippi with support from Winchester Ammunition.

“For decades, Winchester has been a strong leader in supporting recreational shooting sports activities as well as working with others to help grow participation,” said Brett Flaugher, president of Winchester Ammunition. “With more than 50 million target shooters in the U.S., many of them here in the great state of Mississippi, we are very proud to be the major donor of this modern-day facility. The McIvor Shooting Facility could not have been built at a better time or, in a better location.”

The state-of-the-art shooting facility is owned and operated by MDWFP and includes shotgun, rifle, pistol and archery ranges.

“Now with the opening of McIvor we have three amazing shooting facilities located across the state, providing affordable opportunities for all to enjoy,” said John E. Taylor, Chairman of the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (FMWFP). 

The McIvor Shooting Facility features:

    •    15-station sporting clay range
    •    Two skeet ranges, with a trap range overlaid in each
    •    5-stand range “Duck Flush”
    •    100- and 300-yard rifle ranges
    •    Pistol range
    •    3D archery range
    •    Pro shop and golf cart rental


The McIvor Shooting Facility is located near Sardis, Miss., on the Charles Ray Nix Wildlife Management Area.  This is just a short drive from Memphis, Tenn. and nearby Oxford, Miss., home to the Winchester Ammunition rimfire and centerfire manufacturing facilities. (Editor's Note:  This new facility will serve as the SEOPA Shooting Day venue during its conference this fall.)

“This is an excellent example of how public, private and corporate entities can work together on meaningful projects to serve the public’s interest,” said Dr. Sam Polles, executive director of MDWFP. “Not only will this facility provide tremendous recreational opportunities for Mississippi’s sporting public, but it will also bring economic growth to this area of the state.  It is a win, win for all concerned.”

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About Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks 
MDWFP’s manages state fishing lakes, fish hatcheries, state parks, wildlife management areas, three regional offices, one museum, and now three shooting facilities. MDWPF is dedicated to its mission conserve and enhance Mississippi’s wildlife, fisheries, and parks, provide quality outdoor recreation, and engage the public in natural resource conservation. Learn more about all MDWFP has to offer by visiting

About Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks 
The mission of the Mississippi Wildlife Fisheries and Parks Foundation is to augment the state’s efforts to ensure the conservation and enhancement of our fish and wildlife resources so they survive and thrive for current and future generations. To learn more about how you can help improve Mississippi’s fish and wildlife resources visit

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