Thursday, April 23, 2015

VT F&W Dept. Public Hearings on Proposed Rules ONLY for Department Range(s) 4/23 and 4/29

> Vermont F&W Department will be conducting a public hearing on altering the rules governing
> shooting at the VT F&W's Hammond Cove Range in Hartland and any new VT F&W ranges.
> These rules do not pertain to any other ranges, only ranges owned by VT F&W.
> This public hearing is not connected to H.296, the bill that would put ranges under municipal
> control.    
> This public hearing is not about H.460, the bill to ban lead ammo for hunting (for now)
> If you want to oppose H.296 or H.460 both bills are assigned to the House F&W Committee
> and call the Sgt-At-Arms at 802-828-2228 and leave the message "No to H.296 and H.460"
> for Representatives David Deen, Steve Beyor and Kate Webb. 
> The hearing is scheduled to run from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. Pavilion Auditorium, at 109 State St.
> Montpelier today and another meeting at Hartland Recreational Center, Route 12, Hartland
> on Wednesday, April 29 from 6:30-8:30 P.M.  Press Release below.
> Proposed Shooting Range Rules Only for F&W Ranges
> Press Release
> For Immediate Release: March 30, 2015
> Media Contacts: Daneil Pieterse, Shooting Range Project Technician, 802-272-6923
> Chris Saunders, Hunter Education coordinator, 802-343-5487
> Proposed Shooting Range Rules Only for F&W Ranges
> MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is proposing strengthening rules for the shooting range it owns at Hammond Cove in Hartland and any others it may open in the future. The proposed rules would not apply to any other shooting ranges.
> Fish & Wildlife says the proposed rules are needed to address potential noise, safety and usage issues with a goal of developing more ranges for members of the public to safely hone their shooting skills.
> The public is invited to review and comment on the proposed rules at a public hearing in the Pavilion Auditorium, 109 State Street, Montpelier, on Thursday, April 23, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and at a public informational meeting in the Hartland Recreational Center, Route 12, Hartland on Wednesday, April 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
> Since the first department-owned shooting range opened in Hartland, Vermont in 2012, there has been a dramatic increase in its use.
> Proposed rules for ranges operated by the Fish & Wildlife Department include:
> • Require all users15 years of age and older to have a valid Vermont hunting, fishing or combination license unless attending an event or training sponsored by the department.
> • Prohibit use of any fireworks, pyrotechnics, or any other explosive targets, including tannerite.
> • Prohibit firing more than six rounds per magazine.
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