The Upper Delta Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Shooting Range near Stockton, Ala., in Baldwin Co., has new sod thanks to a partnership between the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) and local Boy Scouts and volunteers.
Recently scouts from Troop 47 Fairhope, Troop 28 Mobile, Troop 78 Bay Minette, Troop 87 Daphne, Troop 76 Mobile, their scout leaders and local volunteers assisted WFF staff install new sod between the shooting line and targets. The sod was installed to improve aesthetics and as part of standard shooting range lead management practices. The Stockton Volunteer Fire Department also donated their resources to water the sod twice since it was laid in August.
WFF Assistant Supervisor and project coordinator Steve Barnett said the scouts helped install the half-acre of sod in three hours during the grueling South Alabama heat. “We sincerely appreciate all those that gave of their time considering the hot and humid conditions.”
According to Garrett J. Tirpak, Baldwin Co. District Training Chairman for the Mobile Area Boy Scout Council, the scouts jumped at the chance to fulfill the Scout Slogan to do a good turn daily. “Department of Conservation Hunter Safety personnel have been instrumental for the past three years in the Mobile Area Council annual High Adventure Scout Weekend,” Tirpak said. “This project was a way we could return the favor.”
Opened in 2006, the Upper Delta WMA Shooting Range offers eight covered shooting stations for pistols or rifles. A 20-foot long steel tube that bullets travel through controls the trajectory of the bullet and prevents errant rounds from impacting outside of the earthen berm. A shotgun range is directly adjacent to the pistol and rifle range. The Upper Delta WMA range was constructed using funds from the sale of state hunting licenses and a federal excise tax on sporting arms and ammunition.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com .