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An individual fires at a target with a shotgun during the annual Turkey Shoot held several years ago at a Fort Lee shooting range.

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Family and MWR Outdoor Recreation has announced details for the opening of the Fort Lee Privately Owned Weapons Range and hunting season here.

Hunter qualifications are set for Oct. 22, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., at P. O.W. Range No. 8 located at Range Control, River Road. No reservations are required.

“This day is only for qualifications at the P.O.W. range,” said Van Powroznick an Outdoor Recreation representative. “We prefer people to come before 2 p.m., so we can finish on time.”

The cost is $5 per weapon.

He said, “We ask that individuals have no caliber higher than 223 and 5.56. This is good information for them to have before they come to qualify.”

The qualifications are for shotguns and muzzle loaders. The age limit is 16 years and older. The event will be weather permitting.

Hunters must qualify each year before being able to purchase the Fort Lee permit required to hunt on post.

The P. O.W. range is scheduled to be open the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month beginning Nov. 5, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The cost is $20 a day.

“This is subject to weather and training that might be going on,” said Powroznick.

All hunters will go through a safety briefing by Outdoor Recreation where all hunting guidelines will be outlined, he said. This will happen before anyone can hunt.

Regarding Fort Lee hunting, bow season will continue until Jan. 6. For muzzle loaders, the season begins Nov. 4 and shotguns start Nov. 18.

Also, Fort Lee Range Operations reminds community members that any individual – military, civilian or contractor – who enters the range complex for any reason must stop at building 17170 in order to be checked in and to provide details of their visit.

This procedure is required to ensure the safety of the community and all personnel entering the range complex. All non-authorized personnel must stay away from danger areas (range fans) for active ranges. They could contain unexploded munitions – also known as “duds.”

For details, call (804) 765-2286 or 765-2287.

For hunting information, call Outdoor Recreation at (804) 765-2212.