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Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center



The Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center is one of two state shooting ranges managed by the Division of Fish and Wildlife. It offers trap and skeet shooting, rifle and pistol shooting, archery, and more.

The Ommelanden Training Center is open by appointment only during the coronavirus outbreak. All appointments must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. All customers are required to wear face coverings in accordance with state guidance.

To make an appointment, contact the range Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., at 302-382-1074.

On Saturdays and Sundays, call between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 302-601-6267.

Contact Us

Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center
1205 River Road
New Castle DE 19720
302-382-1074

Hours of Operation

Wednesday – Friday:
Noon to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday:
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Safety is Paramount

All Training Center users aged 10 and older must complete a basic safety program, including a short video and a quiz focused on firearm safety and the rules of the range. The safety program is offered every day the range is open, from noon until 3 p.m. On Wednesdays, the safety program is also offered between 5 and 7 p.m.

You may choose to watch the safety video ahead of your visit, then download and complete the Safety Quiz and bring it it to be checked by a safety officer.

Users are expected to adhere to gun safety rules and follow the instructions of the range officer.

The legal age to shoot at the facility unaccompanied is 18 years of age. Anyone aged 17 or younger must be accompanied by an adult.

No one under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be permitted to shoot.

Trap and Skeet Shooting

Cost: $5 for 25 Targets

Legal Shot Sizes: 7½, 8, 8½, 9, and steel 6, 6 ½, and 7

Last group at 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

5 Stand

Cost: $8 for 25 Targets

Legal Shot Sizes: 7½, 8, 8½, 9, and steel 6, 6 ½, and 7

Available via appointment at any time (on the hour) during operating hours.

Rifle/Pistol

Cost: $4 per person per 1/2 hour

Last group at 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

All rifles, pistols, and shotguns (slugs and buck shot), and black powder rifles are permitted.

Prohibited Ammunition: Steel Core Bullets, Steel-Jacketed Bullets, Tracer Ammunition, Armor Piercing Bullets, Tungsten Core Bullets, Loads Exceeding 3,500 ft./lbs. Muzzle Energy

Archery

Practice/Sight-in Range: $3 per 1/2 day (Targets at 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 yards)

3-D Field Course: $5 per session (August – October)

Patterning Board

 Shotgun pellets of all sizes (no slugs) can be shot at the outdoor patterning board at no charge with a 6 shell limit.

Plan Your Visit

There are a few things you should know when you visit the Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center. And there are few things you need to bring with you.

Bring a valid ID for all participants and a valid ticket. If you plan to use the rifle/pistol range, bring some kind of tape or staple to attach your targets to the target retrieval system.

The Training Center does not rent or sell firearms or ammunition.

The range lengths are 25 yards for the pistol range and 50 yards for the rifle range.

Eating and drinking are prohibited inside the range. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property.

The Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center is an accessible facility.

For more information on hunter education in Delaware, call 302-735-3600.




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