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
Friday: Closed May – Aug
(open 1-5pm Sept-April only)
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: 954-389-2005
Friday: Closed May – Aug
(open 10am-2pm Sept-April only)
(The range closes from 5 to 6 p.m. for a shift change.)
Shooting Range Reviews
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Some people complain about the ROs, rules in a gun range range is great and necessary for everyone's safety! Knuckleheads needs not here. The range officers, are firm but very friendly and nice. No issues here at all.
The Trap & Skeet were always excellent. But, the rifle range used to be so unfriendly and understaffed that it was almost always an unpleasant experience. That has changed, they now have full staff and make full use of the facility. From rude and seeming resentful that you are there to friendly and helpful. Not sure when it changed because I had been driving to far away ranges for awhile, but been out 3 times this year and it was consistently pleasant. You still need to follow the rules!!
I have found the staff to be extremely friendly and helpful. There are rules in place for everyone’s safety. They are simple and easy to follow. Generally range staff will not interfere in your particular shooting situation unless you appear to be having a problem or committing a major “no no” such as pointing a gun in the wrong direction, improper handling of a firearm which could cause personal injury or, consistently missing the target. Then, a Range Officer will attempt to assist you unless you tell him or her that you do not need or want the assistance.
Usually, my boyfriend and I drive down to Miami to shoot at our favorite outdoor range. We came to Markham on a whim because our busy work schedules didn't permit us to drive 45 mins down there. I wasn't aware that sleeveless shirts weren't permitted, since our normal range allows it. Not a big deal, and it was my fault for not checking. But when we got there and were attempting to set up, the "attendant" assigned to us wouldn't leave me alone. I felt like he was babysitting me. I've been shooting a rifle for quite some time now, and don't even have a problem with 1 shot per 5 seconds. But if you're going to critique every move I make and hang over my shoulder, I'd rather wait to go to the Miami range. Sure, Markham's schedule is easier. But as someone else here said, the attendants think they're Drill Sergeants. I was extremely uncomfortable and couldn't even have fun. I would say that if you're a woman, beware. They're going to treat you like you're a stay-at-home housewife from the 1950's.
Everybody is highly professional. And they run this range like a CMP or NRA range. So if you can't follow some very simple instructions, go home and play HALO on your Playstation. Rules are for yours, mine, and everyone else's safety. The Markham Park range is a wonderful place to shoot. And a great place to train your kids.
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.