Published: December 29, 2010 by the South Central Region
Contact(s): Jeff King, Conservation Warden, Darlington: 608-482-2263DARLINGTON - New rules governing the use of the Yellowstone Shooting Range in the Town of Fayette go into effect Jan. 1, 2011, the Department of Natural Resources announced today. The rules, formulated by a committee made-up of members of the Fayette Sportsmen Club and DNR, establish guidelines for using the popular facility located on the Yellowstone Wildlife Area in Lafayette County. The Fayette Sportsmen Club has agreed to maintain the shooting range and "club members will do this on their own time as volunteers, relying solely on the donations users drop in the donation box," which sits on the 50-yard pistol range, to pay for expenses associated with that maintenance, noted DNR conservation warden Jeff King, Darlington. Maintenance includes responsibility for the wooden framework that supports the targets, shooting benches and picnic tables, mowing, litter pick-up and general grounds upkeep. Warden King, with input from committee members, prepared a rule change proposal that was submitted to the DNR Secretary's Office and state Natural Resources Board for approval, then off to public hearing for comment and finally garnering legislative blessing. The DNR warden asks users of the shooting range to be respectful of others. "We have a valuable, free resource in this range. It is the only one in this entire region of the state on public lands. Please leave the property as you find it and be generous with your donation to the Fayette Sportsmen Club," he added. Violators of shooting range rules should be reported to the DNR hotline at 1-800-TIP-WDNR as soon as possible.