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Public Shooting Opportunities Coming to Private Ranges in Southern Wisconsin

Published by Central Office August 8, 2017

Contact(s): John Motoviloff, 608 266 8597,

MADISON -- Thirteen private shooting ranges in southern Wisconsin are offering public-access hours under terms of public grants the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recently awarded to fund facility improvements.

The Shooting Range Grant Program allows ranges to apply for federal funds generated by excise tax and various firearm and hunting equipment and to use these funds for range-related projects, according to John Motoviloff, DNR shooting sports specialist. Successful applicants are eligible to have a percentage of their costs reimbursed--up to 50 percent for private ranges and up to 75 percent for public ranges.

Motoviloff said the ranges receiving grants, worth a total of $340,000, are:

Izaak Walton League of Fond du Lac; North Bristol Sportsmen's Club; Sauk Prairie Trap and Skeet; Wisconsin Trapshooters Association; Iola Conservation Club; Cassville Conservation Club; Door County Rod & Gun; Wausau Rod & Gun Club; Wern Valley; Osceola Rod & Gun; Brill Area Sportsmen's Club; Fishbowl United Sportsmen's Club; and, Hudson Rod & Gun.

"This opens up shooting access for those living in the southeast counties." Motoviloff said, "That is where Wisconsin is most densely populated, but has limited public opportunities."

Publicly owned ranges may apply for these grants on an annual basis. Privately owned ranges may apply every two years, with Sept. 15, 2018 being the next deadline.

Here are the ways the ranges plan to use the funds:

To learn about other public shooting opportunities in Wisconsin, visit the DNR website at and search "Shooting Ranges."

Last Revised: Tuesday, August 08, 2017

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