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.