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Fire Restrictions


Fire Restrictions - PPSA Range

Re-Opened with Conditions

Effective August 24, 2021 p.m.

PPSA Shooting Range Re-Opened

The Stage 2 fire restrictions remain in effect Lewis and Clark County & The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. Through the efforts of PPSA President Neil Horn and U.S. Forest Service conditions have been identified to allow re-opening the PPSA shooting range.

Conditions for reopening are:

  • Remove all metal targets, meaning only paper targets will be used range wide.

  • Placement of Shovel, fire extinguishers, and backpacks of water at each of the four shooting stations for rapid response should a fire occur. First use 911 to activate fire response, only attempt to extinguish fire if it can be done safely. Maintain personal safety!

  • Each Friday at 0900, The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest District Ranger will evaluate whether risks or conditions have changed enough to close the range again.

  • Close the range when a red flag warning for the area is in place. When a red flag warning is posted for the area the range will need to be closed for that day.

The PPSA Range Officer and PPSA board members will monitor to be sure mitigations are still relevant for changing weather conditions Please be aware the PPSA Range is subject to condition-based closure. The PPSA is committed to informing its members about any range closure, the range may be closed without advance notice.

Jason Swant, PPSA Board Chairman


Browning .22 rifle

Take down model.

May have been left on the range

last season or the year before.


Long-Term Site Development Plan
PPSA MacDonald Pass Shooting Range

Coming soon

2020 Accomplishments

PPSA is selling embroidered hats for $15. Contact Cory Olson at






September 14, 2021

Membership Meeting

 East Helena VFW

7:00 p.m.
Annual Christmas Party
Dec. 14, 2021
Club Officers
Covid-19 update
2020 Accomplishments

Safety FIRST on the
PPSA Range
Know your Range Rules

Range Rules



When you are accompanied by a current Key Holding PPSA Member, you may now purchase a GUEST PASS at the range for a fee of $10 per visit.  Each person over the age of 18 must purchase a Guest Pass. The spouse of the member and immediate family under the age of 18 are not required to purchase a Guest Pass, as they are included in the membership.



Learn or improve your rifle marksmanship while hearing the story of citizen marksmanship during the birth of our country. Join our second Appleseed Program of the year by applying directly: www.appleseedinfo.org

Prickly Pear Sportsmen’s Association Target Range operates on public lands as authorized under a special use permit issued by the Helena National Forest, Helena Ranger District.


This Institution is an equal opportunity provider.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs). To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer

2021 Keys are now available at

Bob Ward's, Murdoch's, Capital Sports, and

Sportsman's Warehouse.