Hammond Cove Shooting Range to open April 1

HARTLAND–The Hammond Cove Shooting Range in Hartland, Vt., will be re-opening for the season on Friday, April 1 at 10 a.m. The range underwent several upgrades in 2015, including a new berm for the pistol range, improved acoustic tiling in the covered shooting ports, the installation of security cameras, and access road work.

The range will also be operating under new rules set forth by The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Range users will be required to sign in with an on-site range officer and have a valid Vermont hunting or fishing license or be the guest of someone who does. A reminder for users regarding hours of operation and range rules are listed below:

A Vermont hunting or fishing license is required for users 15 years and older.

License holders can bring one guest, but after three visits that guest must purchase a license.

Shooting more than one round per second is prohibited.

Shooting long rifles or shotguns from the pistol bench is prohibited, as is shooting pistols from the rifle benches.

Unless otherwise posted, the range will be open April 1 to Dec. 14, Thursday through Monday.

On Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, the range hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Sundays, the range will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The range will be closed from Dec. 15 through March 31 and on all Vermont state and federal holidays, except for special events approved by the commissioner.

To ensure these rules are followed, a range officer will be present when the range is open.

“Vermont has some of the safest and most conservation-minded hunters anywhere,” said Vermont Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. “They need a publicly accessible place where they can sight in their rifles and practice their shooting skills. Hammond Cove Range provides that. The updates to this facility and our new range rules also reflect the need to be good neighbors and careful stewards of this facility. We appreciate the tremendous community support we’ve received for this project.”

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