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August 22 10:42 AM

Caddo, Bossier sheriffs to open rifle ranges to the public this fall

Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator and Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington are making their respective rifle ranges available to the public for sighting in their rifles for the upcoming deer season.

Four days have been designated for the public to make use of the Caddo Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy: Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 1 and 4.

Targets will be furnished, and state-certified firearms instructors will assist shooters. Participants must call ahead and reserve a time to work with instructors. Shooters must provide their own ammunition, eye and ear protection, and should arrive with weapons unloaded.

The academy is located at 15639 Highway One South, directly in front of Lock and Dam No. 5. To register, call the Caddo Sheriff’s Office Community Programs Division at 681- 0875.

In Bossier Parish, the range, located at 2955 Old Plain Dealing Road in Plain Dealing, will be open on Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 26-27, Oct. 3-4 and Oct. 17-18, with hours of operation from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. The range will not be open for public use on Oct. 10-11.

The Bossier 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. Participants must bring their own weapons and ammunition since none will be available at the range. You will also need to bring your own hearing and eye protection, but these will be available at the range, if needed.

The rifle range is located just south of the North Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy on Old Plain Dealing Road approximately 12 miles from the town of Benton.

To register, call the North Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy at 965-3525.

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