With annual events like cattle drives through downtown Kissimmee, the Silver Spurs and RAM National rodeos and the Country Thunder music fest, few areas in Florida can lay claim to celebrating the country and outdoors lifestyle as much as Osceola County.
One critical element that was missing was a public shooting range anywhere in the county. In November 2017, that situation was remedied with the opening of the state of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Triple N Ranch Shooting Range near Holopaw. The outdoor range has been a busy site for firearms and hunter safety training, and community events, ever since.
The range is located on State Road 441, south of U.S. Highway 192, and is the newest of FWC’s 11 public ranges across the state.
One standout feature is the 20 position, 200-yard rifle range, the largest of any of the three FWC ranges in central Florida. The 19-station sporting clays (shotgun) range, and a 3-D archery range are also unique features.
An additional rifle range, two pistol ranges and a smaller archery range round out the Triple N’s offerings. Shotguns and carts are available for rent. No other firearms are available for rent, however ammunition, shooting supplies, drinks and snacks are available at the range office.
There is a nominal fee to use one of the three range groups (rifle/handgun, archery or sporting clays) for the day, and first-time users are required to view a short safety video.
Utilizing state property that is part of the larger Triple N Ranch Wildlife Management Area, the main purpose for developing the range was hunter safety. Anyone wishing to obtain a hunting license in Florida is required to complete an approved hunter safety course, and with few commercial ranges in area, residents usually had to travel far outside the county to complete the courses. “We tried to utilize some makeshift ranges on private land, but it was really tough to certify those ranges for use, and there were always issues of concern for the property owners,” said Greg Workman, public information coordinator for the FWC. “There was really a need for an FWC range in this vicinity, the state already had suitable property here, and we were fortunate to be able to line up the state, county and other funding to complete the construction.”
After the range started its operations, it really came alive as resource for the hunting and shooting community. A series of inaugural community events took place in 2018 and 2019, including youth activities by the Boy Scouts, 4H and as a part of a Forever Florida youth camp.
Two events that first occurred in 2018 and 2019 are now repeating as annual events, including the Circle of Hope 2nd Annual Sporting Clays Tournament to benefit cancer research, scheduled for Oct. 26. The Osceola Women’s Shooting and Outdoors Event on May 19, “was hugely successful and is already being planned to repeat in 2020,” said Dave Sklarek, range manager.
For more information, the range’s website is at: https://myfwc.com/hunting/safety-education/shooting-ranges/triple-n-ranch.