The Department of Environmental Management’s Division of Fish & Wildlife will offer the second annual “Women’s Day at the Range” on Saturday, June 22 at the Great Swamp Shooting Range in West Kingston. The free event is designed to introduce women to the world of shooting sports.

DEM Director Janet Coit said, “This fun-filled and educational program promises to be a great way for participants to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends and hone their skills on the target range.” Director Coit noted that last year’s event was extremely popular, with 162 participants of all age and skill levels taking part.

No prior experience is necessary. Participants will test their skills with shotguns, handguns, rifles, and bow and arrow. All firearms, ammunition, and safety equipment will be provided along with one-on-one instruction from DEM’s range safety officers and hunter education instructors. Range permit requirements will be waived for the duration of the event. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Men are also welcome to participate.

Participants are advised to dress appropriately for anticipated weather conditions on the day of the event. Comfortable clothing that allows free movement of your arms and shoulders is suggested. Closed toe shoes are required.

The Great Swamp Shooting Range is located at 277 Great Neck Road in West Kingston. Participants can shoot any time between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. A rain date has been set for Sunday, June 23.

For more information, call DEM’s hunter education office at 539-0019.

Logo courtesy Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

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