The McHenry Shooting Range continues to grow in popularity throughout the Coast.
The state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks opened the Stone County shooting range two years ago. Law enforcement officers across the state use it to train. The range is open to the public four days a week during the summer: noon-6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. It will always close during severe weather.
The range offers pistol, rifle, shotgun and archery target shooting. Archers have 3-D and standard targets. Wingshooting skills with trap 5 stand and skeet facilities are available. Targets are for sale for the rifle and pistol ranges.
Annual range permits are required. Wildlife management area permits bought before July 1, 2013, will be honored until they expire. Annual range permit fees are $42.29 for residents, $22.29 for seniors and $84.29 for non-residents.
Handgun classes, including the Enhanced Carry Permit class, are offered the second Wednesday of each month. Basic Handgun 200 classes will be July 13, Aug. 10 and Sept. 14.
An Enhanced Carry Permit class will be offered Oct. 12. Classes will start at 9 a.m.
Here are McHenry Shooting Range's rules:
-- All shooters must check in and out with range officer.
-- All shooters will be provided range rules and regulations at check-in.
-- Shooters will complete a daily use permit each time they visit.
-- Hearing and eye protection is required at all times.
-- All firearms will be handled in a safe manner.
-- When moving on and off the range, firearms should be cased, holstered or otherwise rendered safe.
-- Shooters are responsible for policing their brass and targets.