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Illinois deer hunting: Open ranges, Nov. 13

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Once again, the Illinois State Police will have some firing ranges open for deer hunters to sight in their firearms.

Here are the details:

Illinois State Police and Department of Natural Resources
Offer Open Range Program November [13]


Hunters given an opportunity to sight-in shotguns before deer hunting season


SPRINGFIELD, IL -
The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced today its firing ranges will be open on November 13 to hunters for sighting in and test-firing their shotguns in a safe environment for the upcoming deer hunting season. Firing ranges in Joliet, Pawnee, Effingham, Macomb, and Pecatonica will be available to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"The Open Range program provides hunters with an opportunity to sight-in their shotguns before the upcoming hunting season," said ISP Acting Director Jonathon Monken. "The program also allows State Police and Department of Natural Resources firearm experts an opportunity to promote hunting safety by ensuring the safe and appropriate use of shotguns."

"The IDNR's top priority every hunting season is safety and the Open Range Program is another great way for hunters to hone their skills and practice safety by making sure their firearm is in proper working order and sighted accurately. We are once again happy to partner with the Illinois State Police on such a worthwhile program for our hunters," said Illinois Department of Natural Resources 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 and transport the firearm legally by having it unloaded and enclosed in a case.

District City Telephone Contact
District 5 Joliet 815.726.6377 Ext. 206 Sergeant Chris Garibay
District 9 Pawnee 217.786.6278 Trooper Mike Kurlakowsky
District 12 Effingham 217.347.2761 M/Sergeant Kelley Hulsey
District 14 Macomb 309.833-4046 Ext.242 Trooper Neal Merry
District 16 Pecatonica 815.239.1152 Ext. 242 Trooper Tim Roush

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