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July 21, 2015

Updated Hammond Cove Range to Re-Open Under New Rules

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has completed its upgrades and will be re-opening the Hammond Cove Shooting Range in Hartland, Vermont on Thursday, July 23 at 10:00 a.m.

Upgrades to the range include 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 approved by the Fish & Wildlife Board. Range users will be required to sign in with an onsite range officer and have a valid Vermont hunting or fishing license or be the guest of someone who does. New hours and dates of operation, are listed below.

New range rules include:

* 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 1to December 14, Thursday through Monday.

* On Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the range hours will be 10:00 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 December 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.

Before using the range, shooters are urged to review the range rules on Vermont Fish & Wildlife's website:

"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."

Media Contact: Louis Porter (802) 828-1000; Daneil Pieterse, (802) 272-6923

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: July 21, 2015 16:11:54