Shooting complex task force finalizes pre-proposal survey


October 26, 2023

SHERIDAN (WNE) — The State Shooting Complex Oversight Task Force completed work during its meeting Friday morning that will help it identify communities interested in being home to the complex.

The task force was established by Senate File 169.

The task force comprises several legislators and representatives from Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources, Wyoming Travel and Tourism, firearm and archery manufacturers, shooting sports organizations and hunting or wildlife conservation organizations.

The body is charged with making a recommendation on the nature, size, governance structure, cost and location of the shooting complex to the Wyoming Legislature and Governor’s office. The task force will also establish a request for proposal (RFP) process and criteria to assess proposals.

Members of the task force met via Zoom Friday to finalize a pre-proposal submission outline and process to serve as a precursor to final proposals.

The outline includes several categories for consideration by interested communities, including a detailed description of the land, access to utilities and distance and travel time to highways, airports, lodging and dining options.

“The goal here is to get the communities that are thinking about submitting a proposal to recognize that these are concepts and factors that will be scored eventually,” Co-chair Rep. Art Washut, R-Casper, said.

Wyoming Business Council CEO Josh Dorrell said it’s important a community can manage the future economic benefits of the complex.

Pre-proposal submissions are set to open Nov. 13 with a deadline of March 1, 2024.


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