Don't wait until the last minute to sight in your rifle for the deer hunt.
Only a few weeks remain - before the 11-day general deer hunt opens Oct. 22 - to fix your rifle or scope if you have a problem.It's also a good time to plan your hunt - deciding where you want to go and what gear you want to take with you.
Here is a list of rifle ranges in Salt Lake and Davis counties where you can sight your rifle or pistol. It's not a bad idea either to pattern your shotgun or try a few rounds of trap or skeet to sharpen your bird hunting eye too.
***The Holladay Gun Club, 6401 Wasatch Blvd. Five trap fields open Thursday from 5 to 11 p.m. and on Saturday, Sunday and holidays, except Christmas, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The club also has three skeet fields and two are lighted and open Thursday nights. The cost of trap and skeet is $2.75 per round of 25 birds with an extra 25 cents if lights are used. The cost is less for members.
The trap or skeet ranges can be open during the week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. if two or more shooters are at the range.
The Holladay Gun Club also has a 100-yard rifle range, pistol ranges from 50 feet to 50 yards and black powder ranges from 25 yards to 50 yards. You can shoot a .22 rifle from 50 feet to 50 yards and the club also has a 200-meter metallic silhouette range for handguns.
The high power 100-yard rifle range costs $2.50 a day, the 200-yard metallic silhouette range costs $2.50 and the other ranges cost $1.50. Members shoot free. These ranges are open from 9 a.m. to dark Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, call 942-9802.
***The Salt Lake Police Range (Hendriksen Range) in Parleys Canyon. Facilities to shoot any gun except fully automatic weapons at 25 yards, 50 yards and 100 yards. The range is open from 8 a.m. until dusk every day except Mondays and costs $2 per day per person. Call 582-6438 for more information.
***The Lee Kay Hunter Education Training Center, 21st South and 60th West, West Valley City. Operated by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, has a 100-yard big-bore rifle range and a 50-yard range for handguns and muzzle loaders. The range is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to sunset, Saturday from 8 a.m. to sunset and is closed Monday and Tuesday. The cost is $2 per day for those 16 and older and $1 for youths under 16. Call 972-9853 for more information. Call 972-1326 for more information on the shotgun ranges.
***The Bountiful Lions Club Range in Bountiful foothills. Located just north of the "B" on the hillside east of the city, this range has a 100- and 200-yard rifle range, a 25-yard pistol range and four trap ranges. The rifle and pistol ranges are open every day, except in bad weather, from 10 a.m. until dusk, and cost $1.50 per day. From Oct. 1 through Oct. 21 the cost will be $2 per day, as the Lions Club is encouraging shooters to sight in their rifles early. The trap shooting facilities are open from dusk every Wednesday from September through November and cost $3 per round of 25 birds.
For more information, call the range at 298-0301.
***The Davis County Rifle Range, Fruit Heights. Operated by the Wahsatch Shooters of Davis County, the range is in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains just east of Fruit Heights and east of U-89, near the Davis County animal control shelter.
The facility has a 100-meter rifle range and a 50-yard pistol range and is open Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon and from 5 p.m. until dusk and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The cost is $2 per firearm per day. A yearly membership is available. The range is managed by volunteers, and volunteer help is needed to keep the range open additional hours each week. For more information call LaDean Sorensen at 544-8811 or write her in care of Box 355, Layton, UT 84041.