Public Shooting Ranges in Wisconsin
The Columbia County Public Shooting Range ad hoc committee is scheduled to meet April 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Columbia County Law Enforcement Center 711 E. Cook St., Portage. The meeting is open to the public and the evening’s agenda is available on the department’s meetings calendar or as a pdf file.
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.
The ability to build new 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.
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