To the Editor:

Reports from shooters at the recent Oregon State Blackpowder Cartridge Rifle shoot are nearly unanimous that the Bear Creek range is the best in the west, with the beautiful view of the Strawberry Wilderness area.

The range has been a dream for Grant County shooters for many years and came about through the long-range planning and commitment from many individuals who donated their labor and building materials to bring the range to its current condition.

Through the generosity and cooperation of Don Johnson of Johnson Lumber Company, the ideal piece of property was made available for a land swap with the county to be dedicated as a shooting range. Money from the Pittman Robertson Act of 1937 that is a self-imposed tax on sporting equipment, dedicated to shooting ranges, was used for road and site work. It was then up to individuals to further the work needed.

The covered shooting area was funded by a private donation from Claude Baker, who worked with others in erecting the structure. Ongoing plans to enhance the range are a part of the future.

Many have helped and thanks are due. "Best in the West" is something we can all be proud of.

Once again, thanks to all.

Jim Sproul

Canyon City

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