Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Press Release

Columbia County Shooting Range To Re-Open

Safety Improvements Done; New Handgun Range Due In 2021

By - Nov 2nd, 2020 03:09 pm
When sighting your firearm, always wear eye and ear protection and make sure others around you have theirs on before shooting. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR

When sighting your firearm, always wear eye and ear protection and make sure others around you have theirs on before shooting. / Photo Credit: Wisconsin DNR

MUD LAKE, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Columbia County Shooting Alliance, announces the Columbia County Shooting Range on King Road will reopen after the completion of range improvements and establishment of user regulations.

The range will re-open on Thursday, Nov. 5. The range will be open Thursdays through Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The facility will close every Wednesday for maintenance and law enforcement training.

The completed range improvements include:

  • Backstop repairs;
  • New target stands and holders; and
  • 100-yard shooting shed repairs and a new storage building on the site.

The 25-foot handgun range will remain closed until a bullet catcher is in place. This project is planned for next spring. Therefore, no handgun or pistol will be allowed for shooting at the rifle or shotgun ranges this fall.

The range rules are posted on site as well as range safety etiquette. Users will be expected to read and to follow the instructions detailed on these important signs.

There may be range staff on site at times to help monitor user behavior and to ensure adherence to the rules and user guidelines. The goal is to ensure safety and a positive recreational experience by users along with maintaining good relationships with our range neighbors.

  • All visitors should bring their own PPE such as face masks, gloves and sanitizer with them to the range.
  • To prevent gatherings, people waiting to utilize the range due to space availability will be encouraged to wait in their vehicles.
  • Upon completion of shooting activities all customers will be encouraged to leave the property immediately to reduce lingering customers visiting with others.
  • Visitors are encouraged to check the DNR’s Public Shooting Ranges webpage and individual range websites were available for updates regarding changes to range operations.

For specific information regarding COVID-19 guidelines we encourage the public to frequently monitor the DHS website for updates and to follow DHS on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Additional information can be found on the CDC website.

The DNR urges visitors to take garbage and recyclables home with them. Following the Leave No Trace principles helps protect the land for generations to come.

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