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Stray bullets prompt closing of shooting range

  • Associated Press
  • May 3, 2014 - 4:15 PM

OCONTO, Wis. — A shooting range in Oconto County has been closed, at least temporarily, after stray bullets were found in nearby yards.

WBAY-TV reported (http://bit.ly/1i1tG9K ) that the county has received several reports of rapid gunfire and bullets landing in yards near Machickanee Forest shooting range in the town of Morgan. On Friday, officials found fresh bullet wounds on trees above the berms — something that shouldn't happen if people follow the range's rules.

The county decided to close the range so it can investigate.

The unsupervised shooting range has been open since 2003, and the houses in the area have been around much longer than that. This is the first time the range has been closed because of stray bullet concerns, but there have been an increasing number of reports about the issue, as well as reports of reckless behavior, such as people using propane tanks as targets.

Most residents say they don't want to see the range permanently closed, they just want more supervision.

The County Forestry, Parks and Recreation Committee will meet in coming days to discuss how to re-open the range while ensuring that safety guidelines are followed.

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