The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are partnering to host Free Range Day at five of Ohio’s premier public shooting ranges on Saturday, Aug. 19.

Visit one of the ranges on Free Range Day to gain hands-on experience with firearms from certified instructors at no charge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

That includes the Delaware Wildlife Area at 1110 State Route 229 in Ashley.

Other ranges open include:

  • Deer Creek Wildlife Area, corner of State Route 207 and Cook Yankeetown Road NE, Mt. Sterling
  • Grand River Wildlife Area, 6693 Hoffman Norton Road, Bristolville
  • Spring Valley Wildlife Area, 3570 Houston Road, Waynesville
  • Woodbury Wildlife Area, 41384 State Route 541, Warsaw

On-site staff will provide equipment, ammunition, ear protection, and eye protection.
Free Range Day is offered in conjunction with the National Shooting Sports Foundation Inc.’s National Shooting Sports Month. Division of Wildlife public shooting ranges provide comfortable, safe places to hone skills with rifles, shotguns, handguns, and archery equipment.

A complete list of range facilities, and the amenities offered at each, can be found at

Class A shooting ranges offer supervised rifle and pistol target shooting. Class B facilities offer unsupervised rifle and pistol target shooting, while Class C ranges host unsupervised clay target shotgun shooting.

Ohio DepThe shooting range permit requirement is waived on all Division of Wildlife Class A, B, and C shooting ranges on Saturday, Aug. 19. Outside of Free Range Day, all persons 18 and older shooting on Division of Wildlife Class A, B, or C ranges are required to purchase a shooting range permit, available at all hunting and fishing license outlets, via, or on the HuntFish OH mobile app. Daily permits are available for $5, or an annual permit can be purchased for $24.

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