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About the Facility

The Georgia Southern University Shooting Sports Education Center (SSEC) is a partnership with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The 30,000 square foot facility is open to the public and equipped to serve a variety of shooting sports interests through the 16 lane, 25 meter firing range, 16 lane, 25 meter archery center and two training rooms.

Our purpose is to provide a hub for the shooting sports in southeast Georgia. Through instructional programs, training classes, recreation, competition, and special events we serve a variety of individuals including youth, adults, students, law enforcement, hunters, 1st time shooters, elite athletes, all groups interested in participating and learning more about the shooting sports.

Our facility and programs would not be possible without the commitment from Georgia Southern University, The Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Wildlife Resources Division, City of Statesboro, Easton Sports Development Foundation and the Archery Trade Association.

The SSEC is located in a school safety zone. Therefore, all users must first become a member to utilize the facility unless they are participating in a training program or competition.

Our Location

Facility Hours
Monday – Friday 1pm – 9pm
Saturday 8am – 7pm
Sunday Closed

Labor Day HolidaySept 171-7pm
Thanksgiving BreakNov 23 - 241-8pm
Nov 25 - 26Closed
Nov 271-8pm
Nov 289am-6pm
Nov 29Closed
Holiday BreakDec 7 - 221-8pm
Dec 23 - 27Closed
Dec 28 - 301-8pm
Jan 1 - 3Closed
Jan 4 - 101-8pm
Jan 119am-6pm
MLK HolidayJan 181-7pm
Spring BreakMarch 15 - 191-8pm
Memorial DayMay 24Closed
Independence DayJuly 5Closed

SSEC Staff

Matt Horst
Matt Horst

Matt Horst has been involved with the center since its inception, where he guided it from idea to completion as part of the SSEC development and design team. Previous to this appointment, Matt served as the Director of Recreation Programs and Risk Management for 9 years with Campus Recreation & Intramurals, and 4 years as the Intramural and Club Sports Director at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Matt earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and his Master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition to his passion for shooting sports, Matt is a high school football and basketball sports official.

Cassy Pelton
Cassy Pelton

Cassy Pelton graduated from Georgia Southern University with a BS in Biology in May 2018. She worked as a Student Assistant at the Shooting Sports Education Center since its opening in 2015. Cassy began shooting archery at the age of 14. She competed on her local 4-H Team, Emmanuel College’s Varsity Team, and then Southern Eagles Archery at Georgia Southern. During her time at Georgia Southern she had the privilege of representing the United States of America at the 2016 World Team Championships in Ankara, Turkey. Her current archery certifications include: USA Archery Level 4 NTS, USA Judge Certification, S3DA Advanced Instructor, and NASP Basic Instructor Certification. Cassy is driven to impart her passion of archery on young archers across the country.


Bryce Muhlenberg
Bryce Muhlenberg

Bryce Muhlenberg is The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Hunting and Shooting Education Specialist for South East Georgia. He has been an outdoors-man his entire life and has enjoyed hiking, backpacking, hunting and shooting all over the country.


Sam Suder
Sam Suder
Sam Suder is from Bucks County, Pennsylvania where he began hunting and shooting at age 10 with the help of his family. His love for the outdoors and hunting are what have fueled his love for archery and shooting. Sam attended Millersville University of Pennsylvania where he received a BS in Manufacturing Engineering. He is joining the SSEC as the graduate assistant while studying to receive his MS in Engineering Management. Sam loves to hunt, shoot trap, and get new people interested in hunting, fishing, shooting, and the outdoors. He is excited to be here at Georgia Southern and the SSEC to learn and teach as much as possible about archery, firearms, and safety. Contact:

Charli Allen
Charli Allen
Charli Allen is from Carrollton, Georgia where she grew up taking trips to the farm to learn how to shoot with family. As a child she loved to shoot and hunt; taking the position at the SSEC has enabled her to learn more about firearms and archery. Charli attended Georgia Southwestern State University where she was a member of the women’s tennis team and obtained her undergraduate degree in accounting. She is joining the SSEC as a graduate assistant, while striving to complete the MAcc program within a year. Charli is thrilled to be a student at Georgia Southern and be a part of the SSEC family.

Last updated: 8/18/2020