SOPHIA, N.C. – A shooting range is asking the Randolph County Planning Board to extend their permit to include an archery range, a skeet range and wild hog hunting.
Shelton Bradshaw is the owner of Triple Target in Sophia. He initially wanted hog hunting in his request, but decided to not include it after getting questions from members of the community.
“I like my neighbors and I want my neighbors to like me,” Bradshaw said.
Some neighbors still wanted to see some changes even without the hog hunting request. Jimmy Huffman works at Caraway Conference Center and Camp. Huffman says they’ve had guests leave because of the noise.
“People come for spiritual renewal and the chance to retreat and get away and with the gunfire that just kind of takes that away,” explains Huffman.
The Randolph County Planning Board heard more than two hours of discussion.
Officials decided to allow the archery and skeet range, but they did reduce the range’s hours. Their opening time was pushed back from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and they have to close on Sundays.
“It’s a disadvantage to me to some points because some of the shooters don’t get off until 4 or 5 o’clock that person now has been shut out. They aren’t going to be able to come out to the target range,” explains Bradshaw.
The new hours take effect immediately.