It’s a nice drive out passing a great view of the Cabinet Mountains as you turn in to the Lincoln County Shooting Complex at 4611 Farm To Market Road. This facility is appropriately named as it offers something for everybody. Sounds of heavy rifles, small arms, pistols and shotguns crack as the range shows it’s diversity. At about 7.3-miles from town, it is close to town and our range gets a lot of use. The sign at the entranceway says the supporting grants include Regional Arts Commission (RAC), National Rifle Association (NRA) and Montana Fish Wildlife Parks (MFWP). There is a full time caretaker on premises and the place is well kept.
Facilities include mens and womens bathrooms, and a large clubhouse. The clubhouse is dedicated as "Jim Willman Hall," in memory of trapper and outdoorsman Jim Willman who gave a lot to the Libby Rod and Gun Club and this facility. The club has a large conference room and a built in kitchen. Mounts of cougars, a nice chocolate brown wolf, big horn sheep, bull trout, grayling, antelope, black bear, whitetail deer, moose antlers, wood ducks, grouse and a very special framed shooting vest signed by Libby Trap Club and Libby Scatterguns that was Al Corda’s. Al was a great guy, solid forester, and shotgun sureshot that helped many young shooters in many ways.
There are many dedicated volunteers from our community involved in teaching and mentoring young shooters including Mike Cirian, Tom Bailey and Dan Ackerman. One of the programs available is the Libby Scholastic Clays Target Program. It’s focus is U.S. Pistol-Shotgun Association and Trap shooting instruction. Grant funded, this program is open to youth from public, Christian, and private schools. Roy Hyde is one of the young shooters. Roy shoots a combination of trap, target away at 60-degree angle; skeet, targets cross; and sporting clays where targets simulate birds in flight. Roy shoots an over and under shotgun for most competitions with adult and other young shooters. Teams that practice at the range compete in major tournaments including the Cody Roundup and shoot mostly fall and winter leagues. The set ups for the skeet range are intense and there are two structures for shooting and throwing towers, and a large concrete maze and field yard for clays.
The large archery target area gets use by Libby Archery Club and others and is quite the setup. Targets range in size and distance and it is setup for competition shooting also. The rifle range has bench rests and shooter seats, is covered, and is organized. Some targets are hung out at 400, 500, and 600-yards and there are marksman that can hit them!
Please be safe and enjoy the range! From Libby, head east approximately 3-miles, turn left on Bowkers and right on Farm To Market road and head northeast approximately another 3-miles. Across from the airport, you will see the sign directing you into the shooters complex. For More Information call (406) 293-7251.