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MADISON – Seven public and three private shooting ranges will receive a combined total of $803,822.25 in grant funding this year through the Shooting Range Grant Program. The recipients were notified on July 3, 2015.
Seven public shooting ranges located in Barron, Chippewa, Columbia, Dunn, Florence, Portage and Vilas counties will receive grants totaling $646,450.25. One of the seven is a new range that will be developed in Columbia County. Three private shooting ranges were given grants for a total of $157,372. These existing private ranges are located in Marathon, St. Croix and Sauk counties.
The shooting range grant program began in 2013. Shooting range grants are available to counties, cities, villages, townships, other governmental agencies or units, clubs or organizations, businesses or corporations and education institutions. Currently, grants are awarded every two years and recipients must pay a portion of the total project costs.
Eligible project types include archery ranges, backstops and berms, target holders, restroom facilities, shooting benches, baffles, trenches, signs, gun racks, platforms, protective fencing and other items the DNR deems essential for a project. Most projects include improving the range to make it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, increasing safety aspects and developing shooting lanes for a variety of firearms. Indoor ranges may be eligible as well, including classroom, storage and restroom facilities.
Listed below are the local grant recipients:
• Maple Plains (Barron County) shooting range renovations: Grand award $150,000; Grantee share $50,000
• Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Chippewa County-Cornell shooting range improvements and expansion: Grant award $45,000; Grantee share $22,270
• Dunn County Land Conservation Division – Colfax shooting range renovations: Grant award $6,000; Grantee share $6,000
• Hudson Rod, Gun and Archery Club site range improvements (phase 2): Grant share $114,000; Grantee share $114,000