Thanks to the continuing project agreement between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, the public again will have weekend access to the Dane County Law Enforcement Training Center Range.
The public will have access to the range, located on Highway 19 in the Town of Westport, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 3. The range also will be open to the public daily for two weeks prior to the gun deer season, from Nov. 9 – 22, to allow hunters additional opportunity to sight in their rifles. There is a $10 fee per user per day.
Officials say the continuation of this partnership opportunity provides area hunters and shooters a safe and convenient facility to prepare for the hunting seasons or to enjoy target shooting.
Funding for this project comes from shooters and hunters through the Pittman-Robertson (PR) Wildlife Restoration grant program. The grant revenues are taxes paid by shooters and hunters on ammunition and equipment.
The Dane County Law Enforcement Training Center is equipped with five firearm shooting ranges. Each of the five ranges provides a different type of shooting environment. Its primary function is to provide law enforcement officers with realistic and functional training.
Public access hours, dates and fees
Saturdays and Sundays, May 18 — Nov. 3: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Daily, Nov. 9-22: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
During this period, one 100-yard rifle range and one 15-yard pistol range will be open to the public to use for shooting and target practice. Shooters will not be limited in the time they spend on the range unless there are no open firing positions and others are waiting.
Target stands will be provided at the range. Shooters should bring ear and eye protection, targets and their own ammunition.
Fees: $10 per person per day will be charged. Fees must be paid with cash or personal check. Credit cards are not accepted.
Minors: Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. A minor must be at least 12 years old and present proof of enrollment or completion of the DNR Hunter Safety Program to shoot at the range.
The Dane County Law Enforcement Training Center is located at 5184 Highway 19 in the Town of Westport, one mile east of the intersection of Highway 113 and Highway I.
To find a range near you, visit: https://dnr.wi.gov/education/outdoorskills/shootingranges/RangeLocations.html