Glastonbury Shooting Range to open April 5

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced Friday that the Glastonbury Shooting Range is scheduled to open for supervised public use on Saturdays and Sundays starting April 5 and will remain open through Nov. 30. The range is located in the Meshomasic State Forest off of Toll Gate Road in Glastonbury, and supervision will be by DEEP-certified range safety officers.

Special access provisions will be made for hunters for the upcoming spring turkey season. On the weekends of April 12-13 and April 19-20, one additional shooting bench will be held for walk-in shooters who can show a valid 2014 spring firearms turkey permit. This station will be set up with special frames, designed to accept larger targets unique to sighting in shotguns.

Reservations are needed to use the range. Range hours will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on most Saturdays and Sundays only. The range will be closed to public use during all other times, and DEEP Environmental Conservation Police officers will strictly enforce hours of operation. There is no fee for use.

Reservations can be made between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. by contacting the DEEP Glastonbury Range Reservation Line at (860) 424-3737 or by email at on Mondays only. Any requests received at other times will not be considered.

For more information, range rules and directions, visit


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