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DNR closes makeshift shooting range at Swan Lake Wildlife Area

Men on a shooting range
Men on a shooting range

PORTAGE, WI (WTAQ) - The state DNR has closed part of a wildlife area near Portage that has become a makeshift shooting range and a headache for neighbors.  

Workers set up a snow fence Wednesday to close a parcel in the Swan Lake Wildlife Area. It's where shooting activity increased over the past three years, just a quarter-mile from a subdivision.  

Residents have complained that stray bullets land in their yards, and the heavy shooting activity often begins at 6 a.m.  

The shooters took advantage of tall and sandy berms at the site, plus a state law which allows shooting on public lands in 54 counties -- including Columbia, where the site is located.  

The DNR says it has negotiated more public access at other ranges and gun clubs throughout the area, to preserve opportunities for recreational shooting.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)