The R.I. Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has announced that Rhode Island’s only free, public shooting range, the Great Swamp Shooting Range, is now officially open for the season. The shooting range, situated in the Great Swamp Management Area, offers archery, clay and paper target shooting. The range supports the Hunter Safety Education Program, which provides education on the safe storage, transport, handling, and shooting of firearms and archery equipment. To use the range, one must obtain a permit from the DEM. The season runs from April 1 to Nov. 3, and the range will be open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Permits can be obtained online.