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Illinois State Police & Department Of Natural Resources Announce Upcoming Open Range Program On November 16

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Press Release Date: November 14, 2013

Law Enforcement Officials Promote Deer Hunting Safety

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced today its firing ranges will be open on November 16 to deer hunters for sighting in and test-firing their shotguns in a safe environment for the upcoming deer hunting season. 

“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,” he added.

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, in Joliet, LaSalle, Macomb, Pawnee, and Pittsfield:

 

Illinois State Police Range Locations

 

District 5

Joliet

(815) 726-6377  Ext. 255

Trooper George Del Rio

ISP Academy

Pawnee / ISP Academy

(217) 625-2131

Academy Range Staff

District 14

Macomb

(309) 833-4046  Ext. 242

Trooper Neal Merry

District 17

LaSalle

(815) 224-1171

Trooper Michael Kasprak

District 20

Pittsfield

(217) 285-2034  Ext. 225

Trooper Brandon Douglas

 

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