DNR to close shooting range

DNR to close shooting range

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials say they’re going to close a parcel of public land in Columbia County that’s become an unmanaged shooting range.

Shooters have been using the berms at the Swan Lake Wildlife Area as a shooting backstop for years. The problem is the makeshift range lies only about a quarter-mile from a subdivision. Residents say the shooting has gotten out of hand in recent years, with gunfire starting as early as 6 a.m. and stray bullets landing in their yards.

The DNR said Wednesday it will close down the range but has negotiated with shooting ranges and gun clubs around the region to provide more hours for public access.

The agency’s announcement didn’t say when the closure would take effect. Officials didn’t immediately return messages.