Markham Park Shooting Range, Skeet and Trap
Hearing and eye protection are REQUIRED at Markham Park shooting range. Some ammunition is available for sale at the shooting range, if you do not have ammo you should call ahead to make sure they have your caliber. The pistol and rifle range is a 100 yard outdoor range with benches. There are 66 lanes available. You can also shoot prone or standing.
Shooting frames and cardboard backers are provided and can be set up at 15 yards, 25, 50, 75 or 100 yards. Targets are also available for sale, though you can also bring your own. No human photo or silhouette targets are allowed. Markham Park shooting range is run by Broward County.
Shooting Range Hours
Call to confirm hours: 954-357-5143
Skeet and Trap Fields
Markham Park has an excellent skeet and trap field, as well as a sporting clays course through the woods. The sporting clays course is available Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday by reservation only. Call 954-357-5143 for the most current information. Squads start Thursday from 10 am to 1:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 12:30 pm.
Markham Park and the shooting centers located within are run by Broward County. Their site can be found at Broward.org/parks and it has information on Markham Park as well as all the other parks in Broward County. This site is not affiliated with Broward County.
Skeet and Trap Hours
Call to confirm hours:
(The range closes from 5 to 6 p.m. for a shift change.)
Preparing For Your First Time At The Range
Getting to the range for the first time is a rite of passage for anyone just getting into shooting. I knew many people who owned guns long before they actually shot this. I did this myself when I first got into the sport.
If you don’t have someone to go with, your first time can be intimidating. The fear of judgement and ridicule is real, and the knowledge that guns are weapons doesn’t help alleviate any of that stress.
However, there are a few things you can be aware of beforehand that can make the whole experience easier.
The first is this: everyone at the range will be kind and respectful. Or, at least, a vast majority of them will be. Many will be more than happy to show you anything you need help with. This is for two reasons:
- Everyone there respects the power of the weapon.
- No one wants to get shot by an idiot who doesn’t.
If you need help, you can always ask.
Now, there are a few other things you can do that will make your first trip go as smoothly as possible.
Brush up on Range Etiquette
There are a number of solid rules to know before you shoot a gun anywhere. Most are meant to keep you safe.
- Always keep the muzzle pointed downrange.
- Treat every gun as if it’s loaded.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot.
- Never shoot at anything except your target.
These are some of the most basic rules. Generally, being mindful of others and treating your weapon with an overabundance of caution will always keep your fellow shooters happy.
Know Your Local Range Rules
A lot of local ranges have rules that are specific to each range, or each region of your state. The Markham Park shooting range rules are posted on the range page.
Bans on modified, automatic, or high-caliber weapons aren’t uncommon, but also aren’t uniform. You really don’t want the highlight of your first trip being told to leave because your 12-gauge has a pistol grip on it. Check online to see if your local range has the rules posted, or call ahead. The instructors will be happy to give you a detailed account of exactly what you need to know.
If all else fails, there should be a sign at your range telling you exactly what you can and can’t do.
Know Your Range’s Commands
The two most understood commands on any firing range are “ceasefire” and “commence firing.” They’re pretty self-explanatory.
However there could very well be other commands designed to keep everyone safe. If you’re range’s website doesn’t have these list of commands available, call or ask the range safety officer. Failing to know these commands could make you an actual liability in the event of an emergency.
I know. I know. I’m not your mother. You can decide how much safety equipment you want to wear (although some ranges absolutely do not let you decide).
If you’re at a more lax range, still wear ear and eye protection. Gunpowder residue will get in your eyes if you don’t, and I can tell you from experience, it’s no fun.
Even if you’re just plinking with a measly .22, put in your earplugs. You never know when the guy three bays down from you will pull out his AR and leave even the neighbor’s ears ringing.
Anything else you can think to be prepared for? Leave your tips in the comments down below!
Shooting Range Reviews
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I always have a great time at the range, shot SC with Jason
today and had a great time. I have also shot many rounds
with Gerald and Greg, all great guys and very helpful with
great shooting advice. I just wish the range would expand
It’s shooting times to include Wednesday and Fridays
The distance is not bad but too many "shooting officers" who are out of shape, walking slowly and not clearing lanes fast enough causing huge wait times and multiple lanes left open with no one on them while having to wait 90 min to 2 hours to shoot.
Best place to shoot. ROs are professional,
Helpful, and make sure everyone is safe,.
And great guys…. Officers helped me a lot
And are fantastic to shoot with.
They are GOOD shooters too.
Just be humble and respectful and sensible.
Cocky and disrespectful get ya tossed.
And for that I am also grateful for!
Best range in S FL.
But please go somewhere else because
I like it when its just me and a few guys with the
Whole place to ourselves and no wait. 😄
Most attentive and knowledgeable range officers of any range I have ever used. My only complaint is that we don't have a 200 and 300 yard section. For a huge County like Broward the original planners should have considered the sport of long range shooting.
Whilst the facilities are a little old compared with the new range in Palm Beach, this is a more than adequate range. I am making it my go to place. If you want instruction in shotguns, trap, skeet or sporting clays there is no better than Steve Norris who operates there. He is a very fine instructor, knowledgeable, patient and humorous (and a crack shot). I highly recommend him.
The skeet and trap field rules are as follows:
1. Make all guns safe:
- All firearms are to be unloaded before shooters enter the range premises
- Keep all actions open or broken except when on the firing line
- Keep muzzles pointed at the ground or up in the air
- Do not shoulder guns except on the skeet and trap fields
- Hearing and eye protection are mandatory
- No person who brings a loaded firearm onto the range will be permitted to shoot
2. Shot larger than 7½ or gauges larger than 12 are prohibited.
3. Shotguns must have full-length stocks; minimal barrel length is 26″.
4. Shotgun sighting in and patterning are allowed only with the permission of a range officer and only in designated areas.
5. All shooting games, competitions, and rounds must take place within the designated limits of the skeet and trap fields.
6. Rangemaster or assistant rangemaster will make final determination regarding shooting during inclement weather.
7. Shotguns are to be loaded or shouldered only on shooting position. Guns must be unloaded before leaving the position. No more than two shells may be loaded at one time. Trap shooters will not close the action of their shotgun until it is their turn to shoot.
8. To prevent overshooting, doubles are not permitted on station eight.
9. A round of skeet consists of 25 regular targets plus sighters. A round of trap consists of 25 regular targets plus one sighter only.
10. When a range officer is in a trap house and the red warning flag is raised, shooters on the fields must not handle firearms.
11. Only shooters participating in a round are permitted on the fields. Junior shooters (ages 10-17) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
12. Skeet and trap squads shall consist of no more than five shooters.
13. Children must not be left unattended. (Broward County Ordinance 25.5-13)
14. Only range officers are permitted in the trap and skeet houses and in the observation chairs. Only range officers can handle electrical pull cords and pull rounds. Only range officers can load and perform maintenance on skeet and trap machines.
15. Automobiles, motorcycles, and scooters are not permitted on the range access roads. (Broward County Ordinance 25.5, 2E 1, 3)
16. County ordinances prohibit the private sale of firearms and/or related items at the range. (Broward County Ordinance 25.5-7)
17. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at the range. (Broward County Ordinance 25.5-6A, B)
18. Parking in designated areas only.
THE RANGEMASTER WILL REMOVE ANY SHOOTER WHOSE BEHAVIOR IS DETRIMENTAL TO THE SAFE OPERATION OF THE SKEET AND TRAP FIELDS.
NOTE: Palm Beach Shooting Sports Park is currently open and is under the auspices of Florida Fish and Wildlife. Broward County personnel will not have any information regarding the Palm Beach County range.