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Hunter Safety

Anyone born after 1/1/66 must pass Hunter Safety to legally hunt. Class size is limited (35 max). Should be 8 yrs. minimum to enroll.
August 15 - 19
Class: Monday - Friday 6:00 - 9:00pm (attendance required at all classes)
Instructor: Skeeter Crompton
Location: Class held at B.O.C.E.S. Education Center, 1013 W. Cheyenne Dr.
Testing and open shoot night at the Recreation Center on the final night of class
Fee: $10
Register Online or at the Rec Center
Class Size is limited to 17

Small Caliber Open Shoot

November  - April

Stay sharp or shoot for fun all winter long in the safe, automated Recreation Center shooting range. Each participant must provide firearms, ammo, and targets.

Range Masters: Jeff Taylor, Jeff Bybee, and Rick Mair

Monday & Wednesday 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bow Hunters/Archers Open Shoot

November  - April

48" x 48" Block Targets

Limited youth equipment is available, Targets accommodate most bows and arrows.

No broadband tips permitted

Range Supervisor: Bill Jackson, Kay Kinser

Tuesday & Thursday 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bowhunter Education Class

Become a safer and more accomplished bow hunter. Newcomers and experienced hunters will benefit from this class. Certified NBF instructor, Bill Jackson, will teach this 10hr. course. The course includes online classroom work including bow hunter responsibility, safety, game laws, survival, and 1st Aid. The class also includes hands-on instruction on proper equipment, shooting instruction, and bowhunting techniques, such as stalking, blood trailing, field dressing, care of meat, scouting and practice. Many other states now require Bow Hunter Education Certification.
Date: Saturday, March 4
Time: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Age: 11 years Min. thru Adults
Cost: $5
Registration Deadline: February 28
Location: BEAR Community Center
A minimum of 5 is required to hold the class with a maximum of 18 

After School Archery Program

Certified Archery instructor Bill Jackson has created an exciting class to safely teach kids archery while having fun at the Rec Center indoor shooting range.
February 21 - March 30
Age/Days: 2nd - 5th Grades, Tuesday;  6th - 12th Grades, Thursdays
Time: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Fee: $30, ($5 discount if paid by February 10)
Registration Deadline: February 17

Shooting Range User Policies

A Range Supervisor must be present in the range. Ear and eye protection is required and will be provided if needed - (1st come, 1st serve)

No one under 11 years of age is permitted in the Archery Range without a proper parent or adult supervision.

Anyone 15 years or younger must be accompanied and supervised in the Firearms Range by a responsible parent or adult.

Anyone 16 to 18 years of age, not accompanied by a parent or adult in the Firearms Range, must complete a Hunter Safety course and present a card if requested. All firearms must be unloaded. All firearms and ammunition must be in a carrying case or bag when entering or leaving the recreation center. Holsters are not considered a carrying case. No firearms or ammunition shall be left unattended or stored in the lobby, gym, locker room, or any other area of the recreation center. All firearms, ammunition, bows, and arrows must be stored outside the recreation center before and after using the shooting range. The Evanston Recreation Center is not responsible for lost or stolen firearms, ammunition, carrying cases, bows, arrows, or any archery or firearms equipment.

Firearms Permitted In the Range

Pistols and Revolvers .45 caliber or less

Rifles .22 caliber rim fire or smaller

(no FN 5.7mm, 17HMR or .17 caliber)

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