Hearing officer approves Ancient Oak Gun Club, issues final order

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Wayne Evans, manager of the Ancient Oak Gun Club, at one of the shooting stations. Staff Photo/Thomas Bender

Schroeder Manatee Ranch has achieved its goal of offering a sporting clay range to the public.

The club will open.

The Manatee County Hearing Officer has issued her Final Order. (It’s nine pages)

There is no appeal.

Wayne Evans, a master-class competitive sporting clay shooter who designed the course and will manage the club, has said he needs around two months before the the club will be ready.

Evans says SMR plans to charge $175 for an annual membership.

Note how this price compares to private golf clubs in the county.

 

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