Columbia County Shooting Range to open late June

Users asked to stay off facility until completion for safety reasons

POYNETTE, Wis. – Hunters and shooting sports enthusiasts looking forward to using the future Columbia County Public Target Range on the Mud Lake Wildlife Area will be able to enjoy the facility in about two months, state Department of Natural Resources said this week.

Keith Warnke, the DNR supervisor of the R3 team (recruitment, retention and reactivation of hunters, anglers and trappers), says crews are working to ensure the facility is constructed with safety and efficiency, and asks the public to refrain from entering the property.

“While the range may look operable now, contractors still are conducting work on site,” Warnke said. “The range also cannot be opened until sod takes root on the berms, ensuring their structural integrity. This is dependent upon the weather.”

Warnke shares the public's interest in the facility and says an announcement will be made when it is ready for users.

Funding for this project comes from target shooters and hunters through the Pittman-Robertson (PR) Wildlife Restoration grant program. The grant revenues are taxes paid by industries and target shooters and hunters on ammunition and firearms equipment.

The Columbia County shooting range is located at W6273 King Road, in the Town of Lowville.

More information is available by searching the DNR website,, for “Columbia County range” and for other ranges statewide search “shooting ranges.”

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