Did you know August is National Shooting Sports Month? The ODNR is celebrating by inviting the public to get out to a shooting range for FREE on Saturday August 11th! Some ranges will even have instructors from 12pm-4pm to teach first timers how to shoot a gun! Read below for more information about this great opportunity!


August is National Shooting Sports Month

COLUMBUS, OH – Recreational shooters both young and old are invited to experience one of Ohio’s premier public shooting ranges on Saturday, August 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 ranges will have ODNR Division of Wildlife staff on-site to assist new shooters:

The ODNR Division of Wildlife shooting ranges provide the public with comfortable, safe places to shoot archery or firearms. A complete list of range facilities can be found at wildohio.gov.

Free Range Day is being offered as part of the National Shooting Sports Foundation Inc.’s National Shooting Sports Month.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

For more information, contact:
John Windau, ODNR Division of Wildlife
Matt Eiselstein, ODNR Office of Communications


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About Sarah Schott

I have enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the outdoors my entire life. My enjoyment of writing, reading, and teaching others leads me to want to share my passions of the environment. I have also found conservation to be very important and I am well aware of how important conservation choices are! Through my work with the District, I like to deliver information that is helpful, inspiring, and challenging for our readers to make even better conservation choices of all our natural resources!

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