General Information


A Brief History
  • March 2007- the IDEA is born
  • March 2008- initial cost estimates are calculated
  • July 2008-Judge Bill Hicks and Mayor Rick Elumbaugh endorse project idea 
  • April 2009- Finally identify property for range. 
  • May 2009- Quorum Court approves purchase of 62 
  • August 2009- AGFC stakes out range 
  • April 2010- Memorandum of Agreement executed 
  • June 2010 – Start work on 3 skeet and trap field complex
  • February 2011- Cave City Team shoots first rounds at range     
  • April 2011- Open range to the public 
  • June 2011- Range Dedication

Mark Wyatt
Range Manager

The Rocky Willmuth Shooting Sports Complex was created through funding and cooperation of several agencies and individuals. Partnerships and donations from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, City of Batesville, Independence County and private donors made this range possible.

The complex is made up of three skeet and five trap fields, a 12 station stationary archery field, as well as three pavilions. The complex consists of a 1200 square foot club house/office, and a new state of the art 1200 square foot education center that consists of the latest technology equipment including digital projection system and Dry Fire clay shooting simulator.

The education center provides a generous meeting area for up to 25 persons and the club house portion serves as the office and club house for the complex. The center is available for rent by individuals for outdoor related activities.  The education was made possible by a generous gift from the Witt and Carol Stephens Charitable Trust. The new 1200 square foot technology center was made possible by GIF Funding.

The pavilions provide shaded observation areas, picnic and barbecue opportunities and were made possible through donations from First Community Bank and The Citizens Bank both of Batesville.

A 5-person commission appointed by City of Batesville and Independence County officials operates the range.

The range has been developed, primarily for the youth of our state, but is available to the public as well. The range is ADA accessible to all areas. 

Shotgun ammunition is available for sale, but shooters are encouraged to bring their own ammunition and their own shotguns. Shooters must wear eye, and ear protection.  

Remington 11-87 shotguns in both 12 and 20 gauge are available for use thanks to the National Wild Turkey Federation and there is no fee for their use.

Ear plugs are available.

Archery targets are provided but other equipment must be provided by participant. 

Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

For safety sake, range rules are clearly posted and must be observed.

Thank you.

Paul H “Rocky “ Willmuth 
Shooting Sports Complex

3600 North Saint Louis
Batesville, Arkansas 72501
Phone: 870.698.0361