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History

The Heartland Public Shooting Park began in 2005 when the city of Grand Island purchased 420 acres of land at the former Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant from Hall County.

The county had recently become owner of the land, which had previously been used for manufacturing ammunition beginning in World War II.

The purchase was made possible with help from private foundations, local businesses and the Grand Island Skeet and Sporting Clays Club. The park opened that same year.

The city managed the shooting park for 19 years under the Department of Parks and Recreation. Although it continues to own the shooting park, Hornady Manufacturing took over management in 2024.

Tom Busch Park Photo

Meet the Park Manager

The Heartland Public Shooting Park manager, Tom Busch, is a familiar face to many. Tom previously served as Howard County sheriff and has volunteered at the park for more than a decade.

A decorated Marine who served multiple combat deployments to Iraq, Tom has more than 25 years of professional shooting and marksmanship training experience. He will oversee all shooting park operations.