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Elk Neck State Forest Shooting Range To Open Earlier On Mondays

North East, Md. (January 4, 2012) — Starting January 9, 2012, the Elk Neck State Forest shooting ranges will be open from 1 p.m. to sunset, making them more accessible to users during the winter months.

“Many customers stated that Monday’s 4 p.m. opening time, paired with the early sunsets, significantly restricted their shooting hours,” said Forest Ranger Shawn Day. ”They spoke and we listened, I think this is great news!”

The ranges are also open from 9 a.m. to sunset, Tuesday through Sunday. They open later on Mondays to allow for preventive maintenance and grounds care work. Ranges are open on all holidays – including Mondays – from 9 a.m. to sunset. Sunset times are posted on all information boards at the range complex.

The complex is made up of four separate ranges; a 100-yard rifle range, 50 yard pistol range, shotgun/skeet range, and 14-target archery range.

Ranges are open to the public and require either a daily or annual permit, available at the forest office. Yearly permits may also be purchased online at https://www1.md.wildlifelicense.com/ or at any Sport License Sales Agent within Maryland.

For more information on Elk Neck State Forest or the shooting ranges visit dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/central/elkneckforest.asp or call 410-287-5675.


   January 4, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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