PALM BEACH COUNTY -- For Michael Chubb, new manager at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Palm Beach County Shooting Sports Complex, the shooting sports have always been a part of his life. Growing up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, his dad, Allen Chubb, was an avid target shooter who owned and operated shooting ranges and participated in international trap in the Seoul 1988 Olympics. Chubb developed an interest in the shotgun disciplines at an early age, eventually taking up international trap as well. Today, he trains five to six days a week and has participated in over 15 official matches, scoring two third-place finishes. His goal is to carry on the family tradition by competing in international trap at the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Chubb's expertise in shooting range management is also robust and will serve the Palm Beach County Shooting Sports Complex well. After earning a degree in criminal justice, he served our country in the U.S. Army for four years as a transportation officer, where organizing and conducting live-fire marksmanship exercises were part of his duties. After his military service, Chubb returned to Pennsylvania to become the general manager of Keystone Shooting Park where his responsibilities included managing international trap and skeet fields, and operating official matches there.
As the manager of the FWC’s newest range, Chubb is excited to provide opportunities for other Olympic hopefuls at the facility’s international trap and skeet fields. Just as important is providing great experiences for everyone who enjoys recreational target shooting.
“My goal is for the Palm Beach County Shooting Sports Complex to be one of the premiere Olympic shooting sports facilities,” said Chubb. “I’m also dedicated to introducing more people to target shooting and ensuring all visitors, whether they’re new or experienced shooting sports enthusiasts, have a fun and safe time at the range.”
This state-of-the-art, wheelchair accessible facility features rifle and handgun ranges and automated sporting clays, 5-stand, skeet, and American and Olympic trap fields. It was built to meet the growing demand of target shooters, hunters and hunter safety students for a place to gain skills and knowledge for safe, responsible firearms handling and target shooting.
This range was built by the FWC in partnership with Palm Beach County. Construction was supported through funding from the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, Palm Beach County, the National Rifle Association, and the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.
Normal operating hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Thursday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The range is adjacent to the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area. It is accessible from Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. For more information, call 561-512-0285.