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Columbia County Shooting Range Closed

The DNR has completely closed the Columbia County shooting range in Poynette due to extensive damage of backstops after continued heavy rains this week. It is unknown when they will reopen.

Heavy rains in the early part of the week did extensive damage to the earthen berms used as backstops throughout the shooting range.  The DNR, who manage the range, have closed it to all use until the damage can be repaired.  This follows the September 26th closing of the 25-foot pistol range for safety reasons (also pertaining to the backstop).

In a public statement, a DNR spokesman said:

DNR staff will work with contractors to make the repairs as quickly as possible, understanding the fall season is a popular time for range use.

The DNR is authorized to close ranges under s. NR 45.04(1)(b) “for the purpose of protecting public health, safety and welfare”.

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