Hunter Education Center shooting ranges open for free
on Sept. 27
SALT LAKE CITY — Free target shooting will be available on shooting ranges at the Division of Wildlife Resources' two hunter education centers Sept. 27, in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day.
The only portion of the shooting ranges not open for free shooting will be the skeet, trap and sporting clay ranges. Discount rates will be offered at the Cache Valley Hunter Education Center's skeet, trap and sporting clay ranges, however, while the regular fees will be charged at the Lee Kay Center for Hunter Education.
While use of the ranges will be free Sept. 27, hearing and eye protection are required and must be purchased by those who don't bring their own. Earplugs cost 50 cents and glasses are available for $4.
The Cache Valley Hunter Education Center is at 2851 W. 200 N. in Logan. The Lee Kay Center for Hunter Education is at 6000 W. 2100 S. in Salt Lake City.
"We're providing free shooting on the ranges to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day and to promote shooting sports," says Lenny Rees, hunter education coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "There will be no charge on the rifle, archery and handgun ranges, to encourage people to come out and site in their firearms before the upcoming hunts."
Each center offers small bore and large bore rifle, muzzleloading rifle and handgun ranges, and archery ranges. Shooters and archers must bring their own firearms and ammunition, and archery tackle and arrows.
For those who can't visit the centers Sept. 27, the centers' hours are as follows:
Lee Kay Center for Hunter Education
Sept. 1 – 30
Oct. 1 – 31
Nov. 1, 2003 – March 31, 2004
The Lee Kay Center is closed on Mondays, Tuesday and holidays.
Cache Valley Hunter Education Center
For more information call the Lee Kay Center for Hunter Education at (801) 972-1326 or the Cache Valley Hunter Education Center at (435) 753-4600.
Free shooting at the centers is being offered to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day. Congress established the observance in 1972 to recognize the vital role hunters and anglers play in wildlife conservation.
According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, through special license fees and excise taxes on their equipment, sportsmen and sportswomen have contributed more than $2.2 billion to date to pay for land acquisition, habitat improvement and other wildlife programs.
For more information about National Hunting and Fishing Day, call the National Shooting Sports Foundation at (203) 426-1320 or visit the foundation's Web site.
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