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August Proclaimed National Shooting Sports Month


By Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks


SHAWNEE, Kan. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation has once again announced that August is National Shooting Sports Month, and celebrating the passion millions of Americans have for target shooting is Governor Laura Kelly and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.

On July 28, 2023, Governor Laura Kelly signed an official proclamation in observance of the special month, highlights of which include:

  • KDWP is not only responsible for the sound management and conservation of wildlife but also the teaching of principles of ethical hunting, firearms safety, and responsible firearm use. This is largely accomplished through the Department’s nationally known Hunter Education curriculum;
  • The firearm and ammunition industry contributed more than $503 million to the Kansas economy in 2022 and supported 2,039 jobs; and
  • Those who engaged in shooting sports and hunting contributed more than $3.3 million in funding for Kansas wildlife and conservation efforts through the Pittman-Robertson excise tax;

Governor Kelly’s proclamation signing follows a ribbon-cutting ceremony she attended last month for the grand re-opening of Fancy Creek Shooting Range at Tuttle Creek State Park, during which time she shared, “I’m proud that this shooting range is now open to the public and will continue to promote gun safety and responsibility on the grounds of one of our 29 incredible Kansas state parks.” 

Recreational shooting is a safe and fun activity enjoyed by people of all ages, whether in competitive venues or target plinking just for fun. Target shooting is also great preparation for the coming hunting seasons. To locate a shooting range nearest you, including those housed within a Kansas State Park, visit

Did you know?

Recreational shooting is an activity that supports state wildlife agencies, which receive funding derived from excise taxes on firearms and ammunition through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) program. WSFR provides match funds to state wildlife agencies to be used for fish and wildlife programs, as well as public shooting range development. Learn more here.