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Again this year, Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington is giving local hunters access to the Sheriff's Rifle Range in order to sight in their deer rifles in advance of the upcoming deer season.

Though archery season for deer is only just over three weeks away here in Area 2 of Northwest Louisiana, beginning on October 1, those who choose to hunt with modern firearms are well into the final sixty days before season begins on October 30, so the Sheriff's generous offer couldn't come at a better time.

The first of three consecutive Saturdays was just held this past Saturday, September 4, but again on September 11 and September 18, the Sheriff's Rifle Range will be open to Bossier residents for the purpose of sighting in their rifles.

The range, at 2955 Old Plain Dealing Road in Plain Dealing, will be open from 8:00am to 4:00pm and according to Sheriff Whittington, the major focus for the event again this year is safety.

"Safety is one of my top priorities for our residents when it comes to weapons handling and operation, and we want hunters and gun enthusiasts to be fully prepared and confident with their shooting skills, said Sheriff Whittington. “Shooters will be able to sight in their rifles and be ready to safely head out this hunting season.”

The range features 12 shooting lanes with targets at 100, 200, 300, and 400 yards. Basic targets will be available at the range, but shooters are welcome to bring their own paper targets.

Shooters will need to bring their own weapons and ammunition to utilize this service. You'll also need to bring your own hearing and eye protection, but these will be available at the range if needed.

Call the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Training Academy Firing Range at (318) 326-4969 to register.

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