SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois State Police is partnering with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will hold their annual Open Range Program from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on November 15.
Officials say the Open Range Program promotes hunting safety by giving hunters the chance to sight in their shotguns at Illinois State Police firing ranges. Shotguns will be checked in an environment with firearms experts present to ensure safe and appropriate shotgun use. Officials also say the Open Range Program is not part of the Concealed Carry License program, and that handguns will not be allowed at the ranges.
Anyone interested in visiting a firing range for this program is asked to make reservations before November 15. Use of the range will be free, and targets will be provided. In order to participate, you must have a valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card, provide your own ammunition, and legally transport the shotgun by having it unloaded and enclosed in a case.
We've included a list of participating locations and numbers to call in order to register below:
District 5 Joliet, IL (815) 726-6377, ext. 255 Trooper Keith Malek
District 9 Academy Pawnee, IL (217) 625-2131 Pawnee Staff
District 12 Effingham, IL (217) 342-7814 M/Sgt. Shad Payne
District 14 Macomb, IL (815) 726-6377 Trooper Neal Merry
District 20 Pittsfield, IL (217) 285-2034 Trooper Andrew Stambaugh