I piled up a large pile of dirt on the back of my property. $16. an hour at the range ? Is this because there is nowhere else to go in your area or just more enjoyable ? I find that I shoot much better when I'm along. All the shooting around me makes me nervous when I'm at a range.
I have a secret gravel pit about 20 minutes from home where I shoot at, mostly with handguns. If I put my back up to one bank the other bank is right at 100 yards away, ok to sight in a long arm, gets kind of boring after that. It used to be when I was a kid (long time ago, I know...) you could go anywhere to shoot, not like that anymore. As few people there is in Idaho, I can't imagine what it is like in a more populace state trying to find some place to shoot outdoors...For indoor shooting I load wax bullets and shoot up the garage, sometimes in the back yard. By the way, wax bullets make a very good non-lethal pest deterrent, good to about 30 feet...
There's an outdoor range with up to 300yrds, but that's about 25-30min away. There's an indoor range about 15 minutes away, but they have some jack-arse range safety know-it-all ex-cop who thinks he's the world's best shot. I have to bite my tongue from saying "there have been times I've likely fired more rounds in an hour than you've fired in your lifetime" just about every time I go in there. And I always have a hard time walking after I pay my bill (prices a bit high).
My most enjoyable time shooting is spent up in the UP of Michigan just down the road from my buddy's cabin; a little area back in the woods with a natural 20' high berm covering close to 180 degrees with around 100yrds between ends. Shooting into the berm you can get about 100yards without resorting to moving back into the woodline. You can do just about anything out there and be alright. One time a group of us (numbering around 15) were out shooting clays when a Conservation Officer appeared in his truck at the top of the berm. How he didn't hear the noise of 10 or so shotguns for the last hour... is beyond me. But he appeared up there, stopped and looked around for a minute then left.
And once in a while I get in on LE shoots at various locations... and of course, the various military training