COLUMBUS – Recreational shooters both young and old are invited to experience one of Ohio’s premier public shooting ranges on Saturday, Aug. 11, during Ohio’s Free Range Day, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). On this day, the shooting range permit requirement will be waived at all ODNR Division of Wildlife Class “A,” “B,” and “C” shooting ranges.
The ODNR Division of Wildlife is partnering with the National Shooting Sports Foundation as part of a continued effort to provide more opportunities for recreational shooters. New shooters can gain hands-on experience with firearms at no charge from certified instructors at one of five ranges from 12- 4 p.m. Staff will offer on-site instruction to new or beginning shooters and will provide equipment, ammunition, and hearing and eye protection free of charge.
The following central Ohio area ranges will have ODNR Division of Wildlife staff on-site to assist new shooters:
• Deer Creek Wildlife Area, corner of State Route 207 and Cook Yankeetown Road NE, Mt Sterling 43143
• Spring Valley Wildlife Area, 3450 Houston Road, Waynesville 45068
Woodbury Wildlife Area, 41384 State Route 541, Warsaw 43844
• Cardinal Shooting Center, 3389 County Road 225, Marengo 43334
The ODNR Division of Wildlife shooting ranges provides the public with comfortable, safe places to shoot archery or firearms. A complete list of range facilities can be found at wildohio. gov.