We are from a county in Oregon with around 60,000 folds and a town the size of Ely. We have prayed for a shooting range like Ely’s but after several decades we are not even close. Oh, how lucky the participants of this range are. We have hunted in this area and Nevada for several years after decades of applying. This areas has wonderful folks, all so willing to help and be friendly, and contribute to the success of a very well constructed shooting range.
Our kudos goes to this public shooting range that is open to all. What a fantastic contribution to Ely not only to local residents but visiting folks like us. However, our concern was very apparent when we first visited the range in 2017. We witnessed vandalism and sloppiness that is uncalled for. This fall of 2018 we were pleasantly surprised that the damage had been repaired, access roads graded, and additional shooting bays had been constructed.
However, again we see empty shot shells, expired rifle and pistol cartridges, and other debris left for someone else to cleanup. We see nothing shot up as before but it appears that the trashier is looks the less some people will follow through with picking with up after themselves.
We have visited other shooting ranges in multiple states and have never experiences freedom Ely offers. Any range that is even close to facilitate the public like Ely’s has people whom mostly volunteer, but you must sign in, sign waivers, and are under the control of a master spokesperson whom controls safety and shooting. Believe us, this would change all the freedom the Ely range provides. Shooting at these controlled ranges slows down to a crawl. They have open and closed times and if you don’t pickup after yourself you are not allowed to return. I was told there has been many letters written about the Ely range vandalism but this is another reminder of how fortunate every user is. A future of a controlled environment as described earlier is certainly a huge change from what the Ely range offers today.
Please cherish what you have, a hit to those few that could easilty ruin such a gift to this community, and visitors like ourselves.
Paul and Janelle Weigel
Something happened to me on the morning of November 25, 2018 that really shook me to the core, and even though I know there is absolutely NOTHING I could have done to prevent it, the circumstances around what happened were very preventable. I have been working for the last eight months or so as a driver for Coach USA driving the bus out to Bald Mountain Mine. I was on the east side of Little Antelope Summit heading to the mine coming up to the 70mph speed zone and as I was getting up to speed, a vehicle that was following me began to pass. As the car reached the front end of my bus, I looked back out my front window just in time to see something as I hit it. Yes, I broke the plastic bumper cover pretty good, and I thought nothing of it until it was time to leave the mine. We have all hit rabbits and birds at one time or another, it’s just a part of living in Nevada. On the return trip, I figured I would watch out for whatever the heck caused all the damage to my bus. What greeted my eyes when I reached the spot wasn’t what anyone would EVER expect to see 44 miles away from any civilization. It was a dog that either got loose from a campsite nearby, though with hunting season all but over for the time being, that is unlikely. I was moving too fast to notice of the dog had a collar, but I have a feeling that I can’t shake that the dog was abandoned. The outside temperature at 4:30am at this spot was between 14 and 18 degrees. As a dog owner myself, I find it unfathomable that someone would be so careless to allow their animal roam freely in such a remote area that close to a highway, or that someone could be heartless enough to leave a poor, defenseless pet to fend for itself in near zero temperatures in that same remote expanse.
This message isn’t intended to upset anyone, or place blame, or pass judgement. It is merely to get the message out that if you no longer want your pet or are unable to care for it anymore, there are more humane ways of giving up your pets that will allow them to once again feel the love you once showed them. If you know someone that is looking to ‘get rid of’ their pet, please share this story with them so that they don’t put someone else through what I am experiencing right now. I’m not looking for criticism, ridicule, praise, or condolences. I don’t usually share these experiences with anyone outside of my home, but this time, I have to say something.