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Public Shooting Ranges in Wisconsin

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Promoting hunting, shooting sports and hunter safety is a long standing objective within the Department of Natural Resources. Providing the public with accessible, environmentally friendly and safe public shooting ranges to shoot and sight-in rifles and handguns is one element of this objective. Please read our Strategic Guidance [PDF] document for more information.

The ability to build new modern shooting ranges and improve existing ranges is based on available funding through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration act, better known as the Pittman-Robertson or P-R Act, which places an excise tax on the sales of firearms, archery equipment and ammunition. Recent sales of firearms and ammunition has increased the funding available for the DNR to put towards the public shooting range program including new public ranges, improving existing ranges and providing grants to private ranges.

Using Pittman-Robertson funds for shooting range improvements and development is giving back to those who pay into the system and also impacts future P-R funding.

Last revised: Monday September 25 2017