Deer hunting season opens November 14, 2012. To help hunters get ready, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is extending weekend hours at the Glastonbury Shooting Range off Toll Gate Road in the Meshomasic State Forest. Extended hours begin on Saturday October 13, 2012.
Normally open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends, supervised shooting on the range will now be available until 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The extra two hours are reserved for deer hunters who have a valid 2012 firearms deer hunting permit.
Priority will be given to deer hunters who make a reservation in advance. You can make reservations one week at a time by calling (860) 424-3737 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please leave your name, Conservation ID Number, and a daytime phone number.
Reservations will be taken between Monday at 9 a.m. and Tuesday at 2 p.m. for the following weekend. (Please note, the reservation line will not be in operation on Monday, October 8, 2012, due to the Columbus Day holiday.)
Walk-in shooters will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis, with preference given to those who show proof of a valid firearms deer hunting permit.
“This timely change will provide an opportunity for those deer hunters who need to make final adjustments on their hunting firearms,” said Rick Jacobson, Director of the DEEP’s Wildlife Division. “Finding a safe place to sight in a firearm is often difficult for the average hunter who doesn’t belong to a private club with an established range,” Jacobson continued.
The range will be open on weekends through November 25, 2012.
For more information about the Glastonbury Shooting Range, including days of operation, range rules, what to bring, and driving directions, visit the DEEP website.