Presenter: Tim Hogsett

Commission Agenda Item No. 4
Action
Target Range Grants
January 2003

I. Discussion: The National Hunter Education and Target Range Programs were established in 1970 and 1972 respectively as a part of the Pittman-Robertson (P-R) Wildlife Restoration Act. This act provides for these programs, and the Department has historically set aside $150,000 for the target range program. The participants provide twenty-five percent (25%) of the total cost of the project with the grant funds providing the balance or seventy-five percent (75%). The funds are available to qualifying applicants from both private and governmental sectors who provide public use of their facilities.

The criteria for funding grant requests is the "Target Range Plan" (Exhibit A) which was approved by the Commission and is based on (1) population of county, (2) number of hunter education students certified in the county in the previous calendar year, (3) number of existing shooting facilities in the county, and (4) hunter days data in the county.

II. Recommendation: The staff recommends the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopt the following motion:

"The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission authorizes the Executive Director to execute contracts funding the projects at Exhibits B and C pending availability of federal funds."

Exhibit A - Target Range Plan (Available upon request)
Exhibit B - DFW Gun Club and Training Center, L.L.C. (Available upon request)
Exhibit C - Elm Fork Shooting Park (Available upon request)
Exhibit D - Fiscal Note (Available upon request)


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