Presenter: Tim Hogsett

Commission Agenda Item No. 6
Target Range Program
August 2004

I. Executive Summary: With support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Federal Assistance, the department administers a target range grant program. Successful applicants provide twenty-five percent (25%) of the total cost of the project with federal grant funds, made available through the hunter safety apportionment, providing the balance or seventy-five percent (75%). The funds are available to qualifying applicants from both private and public sectors who provide public use of their facilities and open them to hunter education programs and services.

The criteria for funding grant requests is the "Target Range Plan" which was approved by the Commission, 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.

III. 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 A through F pending availability of funds."