Open Range Program in IL announced for Nov. 15 - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Open Range Program in IL announced for Nov. 15

ILLINOIS (KFVS) -

The Illinois State Police and Department of Natural Resources has announced the date for the annual Open Range Program.

Hunters and observers can visit ISP ranges beginning on Nov. 15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

Shotguns will be checked in a controlled environment with gun experts present to ensure the safe and appropriate used of the shotgun.

"Hunting is a longstanding tradition shared throughout Illinois and we want to ensure hunters take every safety precaution and are prepared during this hunting season," said Director Hiram Grau. "Hunting accidents are preventable which is why it's important to take advantage of this opportunity to practice safe marksmanship," he said.

The program is a collaborative effort organized annually by ISP and DNR.

Anyone interested in visiting a range is asked to make reservations before Nov. 15.

Targets will be provided, and there is no charge for use of the range.

Participants must have a valid Firearm Owner's Identification card, provide their own ammunition and transport the firearm legally by having it unloaded and enclosed in a case.

According to ISP, the Open Range Program is not part of the concealed carry license program. Handguns will not be permitted at the ISP ranges.

Advanced reservations will be accepted at the following ISP ranges, which will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 15 in Effingham, Joliet, Macomb, Pawnee and Pittsfield:

  • District 5 - Joliet, 815-726-6377, ext. 255 Trooper Keith Malek
  • District 9 - Academy, 217-625-2131 Pawnee staff
  • District 12 - Effingham, 217-342-7814 M/Sgt. Shad Payne
  • District 14 - Macomb, 309-833-4046, ext. 242 Trooper Neal Merry
  • District 20 - Pittsfield, 217-285-2034, ext. 225 Trooper Andrew Stambaugh

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