State shooting ranges open for use

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The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has two shooting ranges currently open for use by the public, one in Hartland and another near Island Pond. Both ranges are open seasonally from April to mid-December.

Hammond Cove Shooting Range at the end of Ferry Road in Hartland features a six-port 100-yard rifle range and a pistol bench.

West Mountain Shooting Range in East Haven has a 100-yard shooting range and target frames at 25, 50, 75, and 100 yards. The range is located on the South American Pond Road on the West Mountain Wildlife Management Area.

Users over the age of 15 are required to have a valid Vermont hunting or fishing license and may bring one guest.

"Vermont has some of the safest and most conservation-minded hunters anywhere," said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. "We provide these publicly accessible ranges so they can sight in their rifles and practice their shooting skills."

More information about the ranges, including required rules of use, can be found on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife website http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/hunt/shooting_ranges .

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