A Central Wisconsin shooting range is being touted as a future jobs creator. The one-year-old, 280-acre Olympic Style Trapshooting facility in Adams County has only three other comparable ranges in the U.S., according to Jessica Fandrich of the Wisconsin Trapshooting Association.
She testified this week, to the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, in support of a bill that would change the zoning ordinance to benefit this range. She cited the facility’s RV campground site along with an expected uptick in tourism dollars as enthusiasts flock to go shooting.
No one could put a number as to how many jobs will be a result of the range. However, in testifying for information only, Keith Warnake, DNR hunting and shooting sports coordinator, said with an estimated 800,000 shooters in Wisconsin, there is a strong demand for safe, quality facilities.
No one testified against the bill and its author Rep. Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa) said Town of Rome officials are in backing it. The legislation would essentially prohibit neighbors from lodging noise complaints about the range, the same way other Wisconsin ranges are treated under current law.