Public shooting opportunities coming to Wisconsin ranges

MADISON, WI - 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:
* Izaak Walton League of Fond du Lac: Build an indoor range.
* North Bristol Sportsmen's Club: Replace trap houses and build a storage facility.
* Sauk Prairie Trap and Skeet: Build shooting shelters and install additional trap machines.
* Wisconsin Trap Shooters Association: Install outdoor lighting that will extend shooting hours.
* Iola Conservation Club: Install new safety fencing.
* Cassville Conservation Club: Install new Wobble Trap machines
* Door County Rod & Gun: Make facilities weatherproof and handicapped-accessible.
* Wausau Rod and Gun Club: Replace old trap houses.
* Wern Valley: Install additional new trap machines.
* Osceola Rod and Gun Club: Install a voice-activated trap machine and build shooting shelters.
* Hudson Rod, Gun, & Archery: Replace trap machines, rebuild shooting structures and increase electrical capacity.
* Brill Area Sportsmen's Club: Build berms.
* Fishbowl United Sportsmen's Club: Build a roof over the 100-yard range.
To learn about other public shooting opportunities in Wisconsin, visit the DNR website at and search "Shooting Ranges."

SOURCE: Wisconsin DNR