Cheney Wildlife Area News
NO OFF-ROAD DRIVING! DO NOT DRIVE OUT ONTO THE EXPOSED LAKE-BED, YOU WILL GET STUCK. Numerous people have driven out onto the exposed lake-bed and have become stuck and many have received citiations for driving illegally off-road and also had to pay wrecker fees to get out. PLEASE STAY ON THE MAINTAINED ROADS AND PARKING AREAS!
Cheney Shooting Range:
RANGE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE WINTER. LAST OPEN DAY IS SUNDAY DECEMBER 09, 2012 AND IT WILL RE-OPEN FRIDAY MARCH 01, 2013
Target practice outside the range anywhere else at the Reservoir is unlawful
March 2nd through December 09th
Friday's and Saturday's = 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday's = 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Holiday Closures: Sunday November 11th and Friday November 23rd (State Holiday)
Winter Closure: last day range will be open in 2012 is December 9th. Will re-open Friday March 01, 2013
Range may be closed without prior notice during periods of inclement weather. (e.g. rain, lightning, snow, sleet, icy road conditions, high heat, high heat index, high winds). Common examples only.
Range will continue to be closed to the public Monday through Thursday. No Trespassing when the range is closed. Criminal Trespass is an arrestable offense!
Law Enforcement certified Range Officers operate the shooting range and are present at all times when the facility is open to the public.
Shotguns are not allowed on the range unless firing rifled slugs. No birdshot or buckshot!
Target stands, backers, and tacks are provided. Bring paper targets only.
Read all posted range rules and obtain your shooting permit (on-site) before shooting!
.50 BMG rifles/rounds are not allowed
Muzzleloader's are allowed
No armor pirecing or tracer ammunition allowed!
Armor Piercing examples: M2 .30-06 163 gr., M61 7.62 150.5 gr., FNP80 7.62 150 gr., M993 7.62 126.6 gr., AP 485 .338 Lapua Magnum 248 gr., M995 5.56x45mm NATO 52gr., S.m.K. 7.92x57 Mauser 178.25gr (examples only)
This is a marksmanship range. No rapid-fire.One shot every 4 seconds. Rapid-fire and misplaced shots have created serious damage to the wooden ricochet bunker posts and target stands. Range officers will warn you once about rapid firing or misplaced shots that hit the target stands or bunker posts. If there continues to be a problem after you've been warned, you will be asked to leave the range. Intentionally shooting the target stands, wooden bunker posts, or any other range structure (criminal damage to State property) will not be tolerated. Do your part to ensure this range remains open to the public by making sure your shots are hitting your paper target and by not rapid-firing.
Target practice outside the designated shooting range is unlawful. This is a statewide public lands law and applies to all KDWP Public Lands AND Walk-In Hunting Areas (WIHA's). Target practice can only occur at a designated (posted) area.
RESERVOIR IS OVER 6FT. BELOW CONSERVATION POOL, EXPOSING MUCH OF THE LAKE-BED. DO NOT DRIVE OUT ONTO THE EXPOSED LAKE-BED. YOU'LL ONLY GET STUCK AND END UP WITH AN IILEGAL OFF-ROAD TICKET PLUS WRECKER FEES!! Public Lands Regulations state that all vehicles must remain on maintained roads and parking areas. ATV's are illegal anywhere on Public Lands, including maintained roads. Vehicles MUST remain on maintained roads and parking areas at all times in all public areas around the Reservoir, including the State Park. Help protect our natural resources by complying with this law. Please call 911 if you observe ANY violation of the Law on our Public Areas.
Refuge gates will close October 1st 2012
New For 2012
New for the 2012 hunting season includes regulations on BAITING, TREE STANDS, and BLINDS. Baiting on public lands in now PROHIBITED on public lands. Each hunter is also allowed to place only 2 tree stands or portable blind that must be tagged with the hunters name and KDWPT number on it, the portable blinds shall not be left unattended over night.
The Fish Cove parking lot has been compleated and has been reopened to vehicle traffic.