Learn to pattern your turkey gun

| March 27, 2019

COSHOCTON – Anyone interested in learning how to pattern a shotgun prior to the start of spring turkey season is invited to attend a free program on April 6 at the Woodbury Shooting Range near Coshocton, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

The Division of Wildlife, in cooperation with the Coshocton County Sportsmen’s Association, is hosting the event on Saturday, April 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. and will provide all firearms, ammunition, safety equipment, and targets. The event is open to anyone age 9 or older, and participants with basic firearms safety skills are encouraged. There will be a brief safety talk and shooting technique lesson, followed by live fire. Firearms provided for use will be 20-gauge shotguns, but participants are permitted to bring other range-legal shotguns and corresponding ammunition if they prefer.

Participants will have the opportunity to try various choke tubes and shotshells to better help them prepare for turkey season hunting. Guidance will be given on reading your shot pattern and how to adjust it.

Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, April 3. Please call the Division of Wildlife District 4 office at 740-589-9930 to sign up.

The event is free, but all persons age 18 or older who will be shooting must purchase either an annual shooting range permit ($24) or a one-day shooting range permit ($5), which are available at all hunting and fishing license outlets or at wildohio.gov. Permits are not sold at the shooting range. Anyone age 17 and under are not required to purchase a permit but must be accompanied by and directly monitored by an adult (age 18 years or older) who holds a valid shooting range permit.

The Woodbury Shooting Range is located six miles west of Coshocton at 41384 State Route 541, Warsaw, Ohio 43844. Participants will meet at the trap range.

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