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Law Enforcement Officials Promote Safety for Deer Hunting Season


 width=The  Illinois  State  Police (ISP) announced today its firing  ranges  will  be open on November 12 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, LaSalle, Macomb, and Pittsfield will be available to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The program is a collaborative effort organized every year by the Illinois State Police and  Department  of  Natural  Resources,  and provides these services at no cost.

Illinois Department of natural resources Director Marc Miller says the Open Range Program is a great way for hunters to be safely prepared for the upcoming season by honing their skills and making sure their firearms are in proper working order.

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.

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