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Big Hollow Shooting Range
About the Range
Big Hollow Recreation Area is home to a 25, 50, 100, and 300 meter outdoor shooting range. Those wanting access to the range must attend a Shooting Range Certification Course. After successful Shootingcompletion 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).  

For more information, download the Range Brochure (PDF).

Individual ranges are reserved at certain times for events and law enforcement training. Several law enforcement agencies, hunter safety courses, as well as local military personnel train at our facility. Before heading to the range, be sure to check the calendar for reservations. All range requests must be made 7 days prior to the date you want to reserve.

Certification Course
Range Certification Courses are offered online and in a classroom setting. You can access the online certification course Here. Once you have completed the online course, download the test from the links to the right, complete the test and mail into the main office. 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.

After attending the free Shooting Range Certification Course and paying the membership fee, participants will receive a certification card good for one year, renewable annually. Cardholders will have 30 days from the expiration date of their card to renew their membership and pay their annual dues. If a cardholder fails to renew within that time, they will have to attend the Shooting Range Certification Course before a new card can be issued.

Annual Refresher Course
All certified range users must take a short "refresher course" before renewing their membership. This policy has been put in place to ensure that all range users are kept up to date on the latest rules and policies governing the range. The refresher course may be taken online by clicking the following link:
Take the Refresher Course Online

Hard copies of the course information may be picked up and turned in at the Main Office or downloaded here (PDF) and turned in to the Main Office at the time of membership renewal.

2017 Shooting Range Certification Courses
All courses listed below are held at Starr's Cave Nature Center
 Tuesday, Dec. 5 6:00 - 9:00 PM 

Range Regulations
Please review and follow these rules when using the range:
  1. All shooters must have their certification card with them. The first person on the range will assume the Range Officer position. He/she is in charge of range commands and appointing a Range Officer when he/she leaves the range. Most importantly, he/she is in charge of safety on the range.
  2. All range users and guests must sign in and out on the forms provided inside the range buildings. 
  3. Shooters shall use only the target frames or reactive targets supplied and approved by the Des Moines County Conservation Director. Shooters must use cardboard or the backing furnished for the target frames. Only paper targets on the frames are allowed; No other targets will be allowed or accepted.
  4. All bullets must impact the termination berm. All target frames on the 25 yard, 50 yard, 100 yard, and 300 meter ranges are permanently affixed and shall remain where installed.
  5. Shooters must always know their target, use good judgment and be extremely cautious of what may be behind their target. Be aware there are homes and people beyond the shooting range and stray bullets from the range can cause damage to life and property. Shooters must always keep the muzzle of the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
  6. All loaded firearms must be pointed downrange at the termination berm.
  7. All firearms shall be unloaded with action open until ready to fire.
  8. All firing shall be done from the firing line on the 50, 100, and 300 ranges. 
  9. On the 25 yard range shooters may move forward as a group under the direction of the Range Officer.
  10. Only shooters, spotters, and coaches are allowed on the firing line while it is in operation. Spectators are to stay behind the firing line at all times.
  11. All barrels should be checked for a bore obstruction before firing. Malfunctioning firearms should not be used. Only legal firearms are to be used.
  12. All unsafe acts or situations on a range shall be corrected immediately.
  13. Any person may call “CEASE FIRE” at any time they see an unsafe situation or act.
  14. Upon the command “CEASE FIRE” all firearms will be unloaded immediately.
  15. Eye and ear protection is required during active shooting.
  16. Dry firing is permitted on the firing line only.
  17. Make sure the correct ammunition for the firearm is being used.
  18. Inexperienced shooters must be accompanied by experienced shooters.
  19. All shooters should clean their target and firing station when they have completed their firing. 
  20. When shooters go downrange to change targets and score, the Range Officer must control movement by using standard range commands.
  21. Clay pigeon shooting is not allowed on ranges except during Des Moines County Conservation sponsored events.
  22. During heavy range usage there will be a 30 minute time limit. 
  23. Des Moines County Conservation reserves the right to close the shooting range at any time.

General Area Regulations
  1. Loud or abusive language will not be permitted.
  2. Alcoholic beverages or shooters having immediate prior consumption are prohibited at the shooting range complex.
  3. During heavy use vehicles should be carefully parked, permitting all vehicles to exit the range area in a safe manner.
  4. Please stay on the walkways.
  5. Pick up any trash or debris in the shooting area.

Security and Enforcement
  1. Disregard for and failure to adhere to range or general area regulations will automatically and immediately disqualify the offender from using the shooting range indefinitely.
  2. Des Moines County Conservation will make every effort to provide safety and security for the shooting range. Des Moines County Conservation will strictly enforce all rules, regulations, policy and procedures.
  3. The range is fenced and posted with “Danger No Trespassing Shooting Range” and “Stop Only Certified Shooters May Use Ranges” signs; violators will be prosecuted under Code of Iowa, Section 461A.44, “Prohibited Areas”.
  4. Individuals found to be intentionally or unintentionally shooting over berms will be prosecuted under Code of Iowa Section 724.30, “Reckless Use of a Firearm”. 
  5. The range will be supervised when in operation at all times.
  6. The Des Moines County Conservation Board will determine the penalty or punishment on reported violations other than those covered by public law.
General Information Contact
DMCC Admin Office
Jeff Breuer, Administrative Assistant
13700 Washington Rd.
West Burlington, IA 52655

Ph: (319) 753-8260
Fx: (319) 752-5737

Range Physical Address
(Park entrance address; follow signs to range located within the park)
Big Hollow Recreation Area
18853 152nd Ave.
Sperry, IA 52650

Range Hours
Sunrise to 1/2 hour before sunset

Online Certification Course

Online Certification Course Test

Online Refresher Course

Range Brochure (PDF)

Range Rules (PDF)

Range Reservation Calendar
2017 Shooting Range Standard Operating Procedures (PDF)


Des Moines County Conservation: 319-753-8260

Des Moines County Sheriff Department: 319-753-8366