RV Park Frustrated by Nearby Shooting Range
The Lake Conroe RV Park in east Texas is on the south side of Highway 105 and as much as a half-mile away from the Creekwood Shooting Sports outdoor range on the north side of the highway. But Thomas King says the volleys and echoes are still too close for him, KHOU-TV, Houston, reported.
"Well it makes it kind of unbearable," he said, after showing 11 News the VHS recording he made of a night-time round of shooting echoing across the highway. "I like to sit out and have quiet and hear the wind blowing through the trees and instead I hear bullets."
King, a resident of the RV park for the last five years, wanted to know why the gun range was allowed to host shooting events in the evening. He said his most recent recording of rapid gunfire was made as late as 8 p.m.
Scott and Jeanette Oliver own Creekwood Shooting Sports. The 36-acre outdoor shooting range, complete with a pistol range, skeet and trap, sporting clays an array of handgun safety classes, has been in place since 1987. The Olivers purchased the business two years ago and have seen a steady increase in business from Montgomery and Harris counties.
"Unfortunately, when you shoot guns they are going to make a bit of noise, and we are sensitive to that issue," Scott Oliver said.
Creekwood, bordered by Highway 105 on the south and the San Jacinto River on the north, is adjacent only to commercial businesses. Although, over the last 23 years, the community at the south end of Lake Conroe has expanded exponentially, the Olivers say the RV park on the other side of the highway has been their only source of recent complaint.
"It also puzzles me that a private business would get that kind of permission to shoot at night," said King.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the gun range opens at 8:30 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. But on Wednesday and Thursday, they operate from noon to 8 p.m.
But Conroe officers and Montgomery County deputies, who also use the range for practice and qualifications, tell the Olivers that they are allowed to operate as late as 10 p.m.
"Hopefully if someone has a problem they can come by and check it out and we can make them have some fun. That's what it's all about," said Oliver.
On a clear and cold November night, sound carries farther than on a muggy August afternoon. So for now, King’s peace and quiet, and the sound of gunfire, will have to coexist – legally, if not peacefully — at the south end of Lake Conroe.