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DE Center offers free practice dates for hunters to sharpen skills

From Delaware Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

-- Hunters looking to sharpen their skills for hunting season can practice their skills or sight in weapons at the Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center in New Castle.

The free sight-in days are Oct. 6 for muzzleloaders; Nov. 10 for shotguns and Jan. 5 for handguns.

"For hunters who want to check out their equipment or practice their skills before heading out to hunt, these three dates are a great opportunity to use our public shooting range for free on days reserved for their use," according to Michael Friel, hunter education administrator.

The Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center and Public Shooting Range is open year round for public use for a small fee from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. The range includes 25 and 50-meter rifle and pistol ranges, skeet and trap fields and a practice archery field.

For more information, call the Ommelanden Center on weekdays at (302)323-5334 or (302)323-5333 on weekends, or check online,  http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/HunterEd/Pages/HunterEd.aspx.

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