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Apply by Sept. 15 for Shooting Range Grant Program

Published by Central Office August 7, 2018

Contact(s): Emily Iehl, R3 Coordinator,, 608-445-8168

MADISON - Applications for cost-sharing grants for the construction, renovation and maintenance of both private and publicly owned shooting ranges that provide opportunities to the public at least 100 days per year are now available through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Shooting Range Grant Program.

Shooting range - Photo credit: DNR
Backstops and berms are among the eligible cost share projects in the shooting range grant program.Photo credit: DNR

Emily Iehl, coordinator with the DNR R3Team, says the program was created to help meet the growing demand for safe, public and well-maintained target ranges - especially around more populated areas. The R3Team is a specialized team dedicated to recruitment, retention and reactivation of hunters, anglers and trappers.

A total of $300,000 is available for this program during the coming two years.

"There is no upper limit on the dollar amount of individual awards," Iehl said.

The money comes from the state's Wildlife Restoration grant - commonly known as Pittman-Robertson or PR funds - and is generated by an 11 percent excise tax on firearms and ammunition.

The deadline for proposal submission is Sept. 15, 2018.

The program can provide cost-share between 50 and 75 percent of approved renovation and development costs, depending upon the amount of public access allowed. Counties, cities, villages, townships, other governmental agencies or units, clubs or organizations, tribes, businesses or corporations, and educational institutions are eligible for this program.

Eligible projects include but are not limited to: backstops, berms, target holders, baffles, gun racks, signs, field courses, benches, trap and skeet houses, platforms, sanitary facilities, classrooms, protective fencing, storage areas, shelters, parking, accessible pathways, and support facilities. Project costs must be commensurate with benefit. Indoor range projects will be considered for funding at the department's discretion.

Application materials and program guidance can be found on the DNR website,, by searching for "shooting range grant program." 

Last Revised: Tuesday, August 07, 2018

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