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 November 12, 2010


Sportsman’s Range facility opens for authorized patrons, guests

Approximately 200 people attended the Fort McCoy Sportsman’s Range Grand Opening, held Oct. 30.
PHOTO: A guest at the Sportsman’s Range Grand Opening Oct. 30 tries out the rifle range at the new facility. Photo by Jobi Spolum
A guest at the Sportsman’s Range Grand Opening Oct. 30 tries out the rifle range at the new facility. (Photo by Jobi Spolum)

The ceremony began with remarks by Col. David E. Chesser, Fort McCoy garrison commander, who then fired a ceremonial shot downrange and hit the target dead center.

Guests also had the chance to use the facility’s Rifle Range (50, 100 and 200 meters), Pistol Range (50 meters) and Combination Trap & Skeet Shotgun Range. Other opening activities included a variety of door prizes, including a rifle.

Pam Budda, Fort McCoy Outdoor Recreation Manager, said in support of the Army Family Covenant, Fort McCoy Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) is committed to providing Soldiers and Families a quality of life that is commensurate with their service.

“The Family and MWR Sportsman’s Range is the newest offering to the entire Fort McCoy community and will provide an additional recreational opportunity on the installation,” Budda said.

The new facility is for authorized patrons and invited guests.

Hours of operation for the Sportsman’s Range are Nov. 12-14 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Nov. 15-19 3-6 p.m. The facility will be open from Nov. 20-March 31, 2011 for groups of three or more. The facility currently doesn’t have lighting.

Introductory fees of $3 for daily range use (not including ammunition) and trap/skeet fees of $3 per round are in effect through Dec. 31.

Authorized patrons and invited guests can enter the facility from State Highway 21 by going to Gate 19 (toward Pine View and Whitetail Ridge) and following the signs. For more information, call 608-388-3517 or 1-800-531-4703.

The Grand Opening was sponsored by: Wiebke Trading Company, DPMS, Cabela’s, Springfield Armory, Moe’s Hardware Hank and Sporting Goods and Miller Lite. No federal endorsement is implied.

For more information about Fort McCoy Family and MWR activities/events or other outdoor recreation opportunities, go to the website http://www.mccoymwr.com or call the Family and MWR Event Line at 608-388-7400 or 877-864-4969.

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