Shooting Range New Member Certification

To become a member of the Big Hollow Shooting Range, you need to pass a basic certification course. After successful completion of the course, a membership card will be issued that must be carried at all times when on the range.

The yearly membership fee is $25 for an individual and $30 for families (the head of the family will be issued a card allowing all members of the family to shoot on the range as long as the cardholder is present).

After passing the Shooting Range Certification Course and paying the membership fee, participants will receive a certification card good for one year, renewable annually. 

New cards with a consistent annual expiration date (month and day) will be issued when the annual fee is paid. Members have up to ninety (90) days past their card expiration date to renew their membership. Beyond that 90 day grace period, the card is no longer valid to gain entry into the range. However, a membership may be renewed for the current year up to one (1) year past the card’s expiration date without the member having to retake the certification course. If a cardholder’s membership lapses for more than one year, they will have to pass the certification course again.

 At renewal date, each cardholder will be required to complete a quick refresher course which incorporates new policies and changes. Des Moines County Conservation reserves the right to NOT renew a membership for ANY reason.

There are two certification course options, listed below.

Take the Classroom Course

The classroom style courses are taught at Starr's Cave Nature Center. No registration is required and there is no additional cost for the course other than the annual range membership fee that is paid upon certification.

These courses are offered twice or more per year. Check the Calendar for course dates.

Take the Online Course

The certification course is available as an online video. It takes about 35 minutes to complete. Once you have completed the online course, take the test here or you can download the test (PDF), complete it, and mail or bring it into the Conservation Office during regular business hours to receive your membership card.

Online Course Video