Officials: ‘World-class’ shooting facility coming to Panola County

PANOLA COUNTY, Miss. -- It's a dream that's existed only on paper until now.

"It`ll be a world-class shooting facility," said Billy Redd with the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

On Tuesday, state officials broke ground on a nearly 300-acre gun range just west of Sardis.

The facility will be miles inside the Charles Ray Nix Wildlife Management Area.

"There`ll be a five-stand on a pond that`s gonna be sitting right over here that we`ll be building. They`ll be two skeet ranges."

They are also building a 300-yard rifle range, two 100-yard rifle ranges, a 50-yard pistol range and a 3D archery range.

"So all-encompassing. Any kind of shooting activity that you want to do, you`ll be able to do it here."

"We think it`ll be a destination," added John Taylor with the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

A destination that will bring spenders from all across the Delta and as far away as Memphis.

Some said it more than makes up for the $2.8 million cost.

"I`m a taxpayer too, and I think this`ll be a good investment," said Panola County Sheriff Dennis Darby.