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Set your sights on new DNR shooting range map

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Published: September 5, 2013 in Outdoor Recreation

By: Bureau of Law Enforcement

Target new DNR map for public shooting ranges; Dane County range offers public hours

If you need help finding an area shooting range, help arrived this week from the Department of Natural Resources in the form of a new online map featuring 34 ranges on public property.

The Public Shooting Range map offers information about each site, including types of shooting activities allowed and links to the individual range websites. It's easy to navigate and easy to find.

To view the site, you may access it in one of two ways. Visit and search with these keywords: “shooting ranges.” Or use this link:

Dane County range offers public hours again this fall

In other shooting range happenings, here's some good news for Dane County area shooters.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office again will be offering weekend public access this fall at the Dane County Law Enforcement Training Center Range. The range is just north of Madison on Highway 19. The public fee to use the facility is $10.

DNR Hunting and Shooting Sports Coordinator Keith Warnke and Sergeant Dave Ritter of the Dane County Sheriff’s Department call the facility a safe, convenient facility to prepare for the hunting seasons -- or simply to enjoy the sport.

Funding for this project comes from shooters and hunters through the Pittman-Robertson (PR) 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.

The range will be open the following dates and times:

  • Saturdays and Sundays: Sept. 7 - Nov. 3, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • During this period, at least two ranges will be open to the public to use for shooting and target practice. Shooters will not be limited in the time they spend on the range unless there are no open firing positions and others are waiting.
  • Daily: Nov. 9-22, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.:
  • A 100-yard rifle range will be open to the public for sighting in firearms in preparation for the gun deer-hunting season (during these dates rim fire .22 shooting will not be permitted). Sheriff’s Office staff may limit the time shooters spend on the range during this high-use period. Experienced firearms instructors will be on hand to provide assistance with sighting and adjusting of firearms.
  • Target stands will be provided at the range. Shooters should bring ear and eye protection, targets and their own ammunition.

Fees of $10 per person per day will be charged by the Dane County Sheriff’s Department. During the hunter sight-in program, November 3-16, a fee of $5 for each additional gun will be charged. Fees must be paid with cash or personal check. Credit cards are not accepted.

Minors: 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 Hwy 19 in the Town of Westport, one mile east of the intersection of Hwy 113 and County Trunk I.

If you have information regarding natural resource violations, please call: VIOLATION HOTLINE: 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367. The hotline is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Trained staff relay reported information to conservation wardens. Anyone who calls the Violation Hotline or provides information can remain anonymous.

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Last Revised: Thursday, September 05, 2013