Illinois State Police & Dept. of Natural Resources announce upcoming open range program on Nov. 12

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The  Illinois  State  Police (ISP) announced today its

firing  ranges  will  be open on Nov. 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  Open  Range  program provides hunters with an opportunity to sight-in

their shotguns before the upcoming hunting season,” said ISP Director Hiram

Grau.   “Safety is the number one priority during every hunting season, and

the  firearm  experts  from  the  State  Police  and  Department of Natural

Resources  will  be  available  to  ensure  the safe and appropriate use of

shotguns,” he added.

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.

"The  Open  Range  Program is a great way for hunters to be safely prepared

for  the  upcoming  seasons  by  honing  their skills and making sure their

firearms  are  in  proper  working  order.   Every hunting season, the IDNR

preaches a message of safety to our hunters so everyone can have fun and be

successful  in  the  field,"  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.

ISP Ranges:

Academy        Pawnee    217.786.6278            Pawnee Staff

District  5        Joliet        815.726.6377 Ext.255        Sergeant

Chris Garibay

District 14        Macomb    309.833.4046 Ext. 242    Trooper Neal Merry

District   17          LaSalle      815.224.1171             Sergeant

Quillard Skinner

District 20        Pittsfield    217.653.5181            Trooper Brandon

Douglas