By: Bureau of Law Enforcement
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 dnr.wi.gov and search with these keywords: “shooting ranges.” Or use this link:
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:
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.