New Sighting-In Range For Hunters

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The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) opened its new sighting-in range at the C.F. Phelps Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Fauquier County this week. The facility, located off Rogers Ford Road, offers hunters a safe place to become more proficient with their firearms. Unlike shooting ranges, the sighting-in range will not be available for organized competitive shooting.

The sighting-in range is open for public use Tuesday through Sunday, September 1 through March 31. It will be closed on Mondays. Hours of operation vary depending on the month. In December the range is open from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Sundays. Hours and range rules are posted at the facility.

Shooters must wear eye and ear protection and shoot from designated shooting stations. Only paper targets are permitted. Rifles, muzzleloading rifles or shotguns are the only firearms allowed. Shooters are responsible for cleaning up all brass, shells and target materials.

For more information about the new sighting-in range at C.F. Phelps WMA, visit the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Web site at