Deer Hunters Invited to Use State Police Shooting Ranges

State police ranges in Joliet and elsewhere in Illinois will be open so hunters can test their guns to ensure they're working properly before deer season starts.

Credit: wbdc.us
Credit: wbdc.us
Illinois State Police District 5, 16648 S. Broadway/Route 53, Joliet, and state police offices elsewhere will open their shooting ranges to deer hunters from 8 to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 so they can check their sights and test-fire their shotguns in a safe environment in advance of deer hunting season. A news release on the subject said:

“The Open Range Program is offered in an effort to promote hunting safety by giving hunters access to ISP ranges for the purpose of sighting in their shotguns,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau. 

“This will provide an opportunity for shotguns to be checked in a controlled environment, with firearms experts present, ensuring the safe and appropriate use of the shotgun.”

The Open Range Program is a collaborative effort organized every year by the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).

“This is a great program for hunters to make sure their equipment is in proper working order before going afield. I appreciate the Illinois State Police and their commitment to promote the safety of our sportsmen and women in Illinois,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller.

The public is asked to call one of the ranges listed below before the scheduled date to make a reservation. Targets will be provided, and there is no charge for use of the range. Participants must possess a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card, provide their own ammunition and transport the firearm legally by having it unloaded and enclosed in a case. The Open Range Program is not part of the Concealed Carry License program. Handguns will not be permitted at the ISP Ranges.

The following ISP Ranges will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 16: Joliet, LaSalle, Macomb, Pawnee and Pittsfield.

For more information, call Trooper George Del Rio in Joliet at 815-726-6377, Ext. 255; Trooper Neal Merry in Macomb at 309-833-4046, Ext. 242; or Pawnee staff at 217-625-2131.


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