BLNR approves ‘Morita Camp’ on Saddle Road as shooting range

The state Board of Land and Natural Resources voted Friday to approve an area of land on Hawaii Island as a public shooting range for the purpose of supporting the state’s hunter safety program.

The range will be located on 40 acres in the area known as “Morita Camp” at the 16-mile marker on Saddle Road.

It is a relatively remote yet accessible area and considered a favorable place for people to improve marksmanship and practice the safe and responsible use of firearms, said the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

According to DLNR, the area has been used as an unofficial shooting range. An official range is needed because there are none on Hawaii Island, the department said.

Access to the area is permitted through a valid hunting license.