DNR looking to build public shooting range

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MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula is known for its love of hunting and shooting. However, there are currently no public shooting ranges in the U.P.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking to change that. The DNR is looking at building a shooting range somewhere in Marquette County.

The gun range could be setup for people to shoot their rifles, shotguns and pistols. DNR Wildlife Biologist Brian Row-ell says the range would serve a number of different purposes.

“The real reason we’re really looking for it is to promote shooting sports, but also to provide a safe place for the residents of Marquette County to shoot,” he said. “A lot of people will go to a local pit or a woods road and do their shooting there. It may not be the safest place. This would give residents to go and have a safe spot where they can shoot where it’s clean, where it’s organized and really promote shooting sports in the State of Michigan,” Roell added.

There’s currently no timeline for the range to be built. If you’re interested in giving the DNR some input on where to build the shooting range, there’s a public meeting scheduled for this Sunday at the Sands Township Hall on M-553.

The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m.