A file photo of John Leaks sights in his 270 Winchester Short Mag at Cache Valley Public Shooting Range. He gets read for moose hunting.
LOGAN — This Saturday, Sept. 24, the Division of Wildlife Recourses is offering free and discounted shooting at its two shooting ranges in the state to commemorate National Fish and Game Day. One of these is the Cache Valley Public Range, located at 2851 W. 200 N., and participants must have a valid hunting, fishing, or combination license to participate.
At this time of year, the facility is busy with hunters preparing their firearms for the fall hunting season. The full-service public range has places where people can hone their skills with firearms and archery hunting. Participants can work on archery, handgun, muzzleloader, rifle, shotgun, and cowboy action skills.
Hunting education classes are also conducted at the local shooting range.
All ranges are open to the public and reservations can be made to prevent people from showing up and finding the ranges unavailable.
DWR Director J. Shirley hopes hunting enthusiasts will take advantage of the facilities provided by the organization to help them succeed in some of the best hunts in the country.
“Hunters and anglers are the backbone of wildlife conservation in the United States,” he said. “The discounts at these ranges are a small token of our gratitude to hunters and anglers for funding crucial wildlife projects that help maintain healthy populations of a variety of species. wild in Utah.”
Gary Cook, DWR Hunter Education, Ranges and Shooting Sports Programs Coordinator, hopes people will take advantage of the offer and visit the shooting ranges offered by the organization. Those wishing to shoot shotguns can get up to five rounds of half-price shooting at the Shooting and Skeet Range on Saturdays.
“We’ll be going through a number of clay targets at trap and skeet fields that day and charging half the price will help cover the cost,” Cook said. “We have some of the best outdoor shooting ranges in Utah, whether you’re training for an upcoming hunt or just want to have fun shooting targets..”
To take advantage of this offer, you must present a valid Utah hunting, fishing or combination license at the entrance to the facility on September 24. Participants can present a paper or electronic permit.
State shooting ranges have an ongoing year-round promotion that allows someone to shoot for free or at a reduced rate if they have purchased a firearm or archery equipment in the 30 days following his visit. Proof of purchase is required to redeem offer.
DWR also owns the Lee Kay Public Shooting Range, located at 6000 W. 2100 South in Salt Lake City.
Steve Basset, the Logan-based range manager, has been teaching hunter education for over 30 years.
Robert Blanchard is the new assistant manager of Cache Valley Public Shooting Range and will oversee the shooting range.
Blanchard worked for DWR previously at the Cache Valley Range for over a decade and was very involved with the youth shooting club there.
DWR wishes to promote fishing, hunting and all shooting sports activities as a family activity for everyone.
“We want to promote not only fishing and hunting, which are both family activities, but also shooting sports in general,” said Blanche Smith, manager of Lee Kay’s public shooting range. “Range shooting can be a great fun outing for the whole family. Since our ranges are funded by the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, we proudly celebrate National Fish and Game Day to thank those who support us.
Robert Blanchard previously worked for DWR at Cache Valley Shooting Range about 10-12 years ago and was also heavily involved with the youth shooting club there.
Visit the DWR website for details on the amenities offered at each DWR range. For more information on National Fish and Game Day discounts, call Cache Valley Public Shooting Range at 435-753-4600 or Lee Kay Public Shooting Range at 801-972-1326.