Range Protocols

  • You are a guest at the Windy Hill Farm, and the Range operates in partnership with Jackson Ski Touring Foundation. Be respectful and courteous at all times. Do not block doorways or driveways at the Farm. Do not enter any of the buildings at the Farm.
  • If the rifle is not on your back, the bolt MUST BE OPEN. The only exception is if you are at a shooting point preparing to fire.
  • Keep your rifle with you at all times unless there is a dedicated Range Officer who is staying on the firing line; i.e. if you are at the range alone, do not leave your gun on the range mat or in the rack and ski off the range.
  • If the Range is "COLD" or anyone is down range, ALL rifles must be in the racks. DO NOT handle a rifle in any way if someone is down range.
  • Shoot only at designated targets: either the regulation metal targets or the bullet traps with paper targets. No other targets or shooting areas are allowed. Ammunition: .22 caliber Long Rifle Standard velocity rounds (below 1150FPS/343mps) only. No Jacketed rounds.
  • If you ski beyond the Windy Hill Fields, i.e East Pasture/Bald Land Trail, you must purchase a JSTF Trail Pass.
  • It is your responsibility to be aware of your surroundings and cease fire if there is any unsafe conditions or interference with range operations: i.e. other skiers/snowshoers, dogs, cattle, etc.
Incident Reporting: If at any time you notice an unsafe condition or experience an injury, contact the Range Officer or the Chief of Range. If there is a Medical Emergency, call 911: Describe the extent of injury, current condition of the patient and location. In case of fire, call 911 and move to a safe location.

The Range is located at 19 Windy Hill Dr. (at the end of Black Mtn. Rd) in Jackson, New Hampshire.


Safety on the Range and Trails is of paramount importance. You must follow the Range Protocols and the direction of the Chief of Range and other Range Officials. Unsafe activities will jeopardize the existence of the Range and will not be tolerated.

First Offense: Verbal warning from the Chief of Range or Range Official.

Second Offense: Written warning and description of incident and remedial actions signed by participant. Removal from Range for the remainder of the day.

Third Offense: Written description of incident and history signed by the participant. Removal from Range for the remainder of the season.

US Biathlon's Rifle Safety Rules from: http://www.teamusa.org/US-Biathlon/Resources/Biathlon-Safety/Rifle-Safety-Certification-Program

USBA Rifle Safety Rules

Understanding how a rifle functions, it is clear that by following three simple
and logical rules, an accident cannot occur.

These rules are:

  1. Always point the muzzle in a safe direction.
  2. Keep the action open and rifle unloaded until ready to use.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.

These rules for safe gun handling apply to all rifles, pistols, and shotguns. There are additional rules and practices that should be followed by biathlon participants to insure your safety and that of others. They are:

  1. Always treat a rifle as if it were loaded until proven otherwise.
  2. Keep your rifle bolt open unless the rifle is on your back or you are in position and ready to shoot.
  3. Never race with a loaded rifle.
  4. Do not take your rifle off before you are at the shooting point.
  5. Don't load your rifle until you are in position with the rifle pointed in the direction of the target.
  6. On the command "Cease Fire", stop shooting and unload your rifle at once.
  7. Never handle a rifle on the firing line when someone is down range.
  8. When dry firing only point the muzzle in a safe direction.
  9. If you see an unsafe act, bring it to the attention of the individual involved and a range official.
  10. Store your rifle and ammunition separately out of reach of children.
  11. Check the barrel and action of your rifle before using it.
  12. No horseplay on the range.
  13. Do not leave your rifle unattended in a public area.
  14. USBA Open Bolt Rule - It is USBA policy for the rifle bolt to be open (bolt handle completely to the rear) once the rifle is removed from it's carrying case or taken off the competitor's back. This includes anytime the rifle is left unattended in a rifle rack or lying on the ground or snow. (USBA strongly encourages the use of a rifle cover at all times other than in competition.) Competitors not abiding by the rule during competitions will be reported to the Chief of Competition.
  15. Rifles must be unloaded after each shooting bout - that is, no round may be left in the chamber or in the inserted magazine. At the end of training, athletes must perform a safety check before leaving the shooting range by opening the bolt and removing the inserted magazine. Athletes must also remove all ammunition from both the stock and all the magazines before leaving the shooting range

USBA Biathlon Safety Video