Sheriff helps hunters prepare for season

Oct. 23, 2013 @ 05:52 PM

Hunting season for deer is upon us, and Sheriff BJ Barnes wants to ensure that hunters have their equipment ready.
The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department will be sponsoring a Hunter Sight-in Day on Saturday at its range, located at 3050 County Farm Road, in Gibsonville. The event begins at 9 a.m. and lasts to 3 p.m. The event will be rain or shine.
“Many hunters do not have the land area to test their rifles and the area they are hunting is not the place to practice,” said Sheriff BJ Barnes. “We are doing this to provide them with a safe place to practice, under safe conditions with certified range officers to help them.”
Participants wanting to sight their rifles at 100 yards can do so between 9 a.m. and noon. Those wanting to sight their rifle at 200 yards can do so between noon and 3 p.m.
A $5 donation will get participants a target and allow them to place up to 10 rounds in the target. The target will be retrieved by Explorer volunteers, and all shooting will be done from the platforms.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and Explorer Post 593.
All guns should arrive unloaded until participants are prepared to shoot.
“They will be able to assure their equipment is in top working order, and they will have the opportunity to have questions about gun safety and hunting laws answered,” Barnes said.
State certified firearms instructors will be on sight to ensure the safety of participants. There will be vendors on sight and a North Carolina Wildlife officer to answer any questions.
“I want every hunter and citizen to make this a safe hunting season, and we feel this will help make that happen,” Barnes said.
/Chanel Davis/