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September 15, 1998

For more information contact:
Steve Toth at 609-633-3616

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife, in cooperation with the Union County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs Inc., the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Cranford Rod and Gun Club, will host a free Introduction to Shooting Sports Program Saturday, September 26. The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Union County Trap and Skeet Range in Cranford.

"This event is an ideal opportunity to learn the basics of shotgun shooting with trained Division coaches experienced in teaching completely new shooters," said Division Director Bob McDowell. "Our goal here is to introduce newcomers to the sport in a non-threatening and above all, fun atmosphere."

Under the guidance of Division hunter education instructors, beginning shooters aged 10 and older can engage in a 5-shot activated clay target shoot and receive special instruction in firearms safety. There will also be air rifle and archery ranges for youngsters. Children between the ages of 7 and 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants may bring their own shotguns, however, shotguns, shells and clay targets will be provided by the Division's Hunter Education Program. Those who bring their own shotguns must keep them unloaded and cased until brought to the firing line.

Interpreters will be available for non-English speaking members of the Hispanic community. The range is located on Kenilworth Boulevard, Exit 138 of the Garden State Parkway.