Are there enough public shooting ranges in Wisconsin?

013115_dsore_s1005_pollpicOpen house and public hearing set for shooting range in Columbia County

PORTAGE, Wis. – The public is invited to an open house and public hearing on two draft documents that are part of the development of a new public shooting range on the Mud Lake Wildlife Area in the Town of Lowville, February 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Columbia County Law Enforcement Center, 711 East Cook Street, Portage.

Both documents are available for review by visiting dnr.wi.gov, and entering the search words, “Columbia County Shooting Range Proposal.” Online comments will be accepted through February 27.

The open house is scheduled for 6 to 7 p.m. Department of Natural Resources staff will be on hand to answer questions on the proposed amendment to the Columbia County Planning Group Master Plan and the Environmental Impact statement for the project.

At 7 p.m. a formal hearing on the EIS will begin.

“This is the second scheduled opportunity to provide comment before these documents are presented to the Natural Resources Board for approval at its April 8 meeting in Madison,” said Eric Lobner, a DNR wildlife supervisor for the area. “At that time the board will also take additional public comments before acting on the documents.”

Based on comments received at the first public listening session held for these documents on December 17, the layout of the range has been updated to include perimeter fencing and a gate controlling access.

The Mud Lake location for the new public shooting range was selected by an ad hoc citizens committee after reviewing the pros and cons of seven possible state-owned sites within the county and public input on two of the sites the committee felt were the best candidates.

The proposed master plan amendment is needed to reclassify approximately 10 acres of the Mud Lake WA from “habitat management area” to “special management area.” The draft EIS evaluates potential impacts to natural resources in and adjacent to the site.

“Our master planning guidelines require us to craft an amendment that reclassifies the area designated for the range to a category that allows this kind of development,” said Lobner. “The EIS identifies potential environmental impacts from the project and the significance of those impacts on habitat and area wildlife and nearby human populations.”

Following this open house and hearing and after the close of the online comment period the department will evaluate all comments and make modifications to the amendment and EIS if deemed necessary.

Persons wishing to speak to the board at their April 8 meeting must preregister with

The board liaison


  • Eric Lobner, wildlife supervisor – (608) 275-3474
  • Bob Manwell, DNR communications – (608) 275-3317

READ MORE HERE: http://dnr.wi.gov/news/releases/article/?id=3463

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OUTDOORS RADIO WEEK JAN 24, 2015 –  WI DMAP | Bass Pros comment | Lake Home & Cabin Show | Jeff SD NAIFC tournament. Stop by – Take a load off and give us a listen..!
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Do you think “Learn to Hunt” events are the best way to recruit new hunters?

‘Face of hunting is changing': Set Learn to Hunt Turkey events now

012415_dsore_s1004_pollpicMADISON – Winter is the time for anyone hoping to conduct a Learn to Hunt Turkey event for novice adults and families who want to learn to hunt this spring to begin planning their event, according to state wildlife officials.

“Many adults interested in hunting did not come from hunting families,” said Keith Warnke, Department of Natural Resources hunting and shooting sport coordinator. “But they may not know where to get started. Learn to Hunt  events are a great way for them to learn in a controlled environment with an experienced mentor.”

In recent years, Warnke has noticed more and more adults and women making up a larger and larger percentage of new hunters. “The face of hunting and conservation is changing,” he says, “to be effective at stopping the decline in hunters, we need to refocus our programs to serve growing demand.”

Most Learn to Hunt turkey events are held in late March or early April. However, they may be held any time before, during, or after the six spring turkey hunting periods.

WithLearn to Hunt  forms now online, individuals and sporting clubs hosting these events can direct their efforts toward finding productive turkey hunting land and selecting quality mentors.

How to become an event host

The procedure for hosting a Learn to Hunt event is simple.

After selecting a site, sponsors submit a completed application to the local wildlife biologist and instruct potential mentors to complete a mentor application. Make sure to have a certified Hunters Education Instructor present at the event. And don’t forget to apply for reimbursement of $25 per participant.

The DNR will post Learn to Hunt events on its website and on the Hunter’s Network Facebook page.

Need more? Visit the WIDNR website  and search keywords “LTH” or “hunter safety.”


  • Keith Warnke (608) 576-5243
  • John Motoviloff (608) 266-8597
  • Kelly Maynard, (608) 267-7438