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Public weekend access to Dane County shooting range starts this weekend, under county-DNR agreement

By Central Office April 19, 2017

Contact(s): Keith Warnke, DNR shooting sport coordinator, 608-576-5243 or Dane County Sheriff Sgt. Chris Larch 608-849-2660

MADISON - Thanks to a state-county agreement now in its fifth year, the public again will have weekend access to the Dane County Law Enforcement Training Center Range near Waunakee on weekends from April 22 through October 29.

Users will pay a $10 fee under the public access agreement between the Wis. Department of Natural Resources and Dane County Sheriff's Department. Fees must be paid with cash or personal check. Credit cards are not accepted.

The Dane County Law Enforcement Training Center provides people with a safe facility for hunters and shooters to practice and sight-in firearms.
The Dane County Law Enforcement Training Center provides people with a safe facility for hunters and shooters to practice and sight-in firearms.
Photo Credit: DNR

DNR Hunting and Shooting Sports Coordinator Keith Warnke says the county-state agency agreement, provides area sport shooters and hunters and shooters a safe and convenient facility to enjoy the sport or prepare for the hunting seasons.

Funding for this project comes from shooters and hunters through the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration grant program. The grant revenues are taxes paid by shooters and hunters on ammunition and firearms equipment.

The Dane County Law Enforcement Training Center is equipped with five firearm shooting ranges. Each of the five ranges provides a different type of shooting environment. Its primary function is to provide Law Enforcement Officers with realistic and functional training; however, it also offers a great opportunity for hunters and shooters to practice and sight-in firearms.

Under the terms of the agreement, the range will be open the following dates and times:

Target stands will be provided at the range. Shooters should bring ear and eye protection, targets and their own ammunition.

Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. A minor must be at least 12 years old and present proof of enrollment or completion of the DNR Hunter Safety Program in order to shoot at the range.

The Dane County Law Enforcement Training Center is located at 5184 Highway 19 in the Town of Westport, one mile east of the intersection of Highway 113 and County Trunk I.

Last Revised: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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