Safety Concerns Close Range In Vilas County

Aug 11, 2020

Credit WAOW Television

A Northern Wisconsin shooting range is closed until further notice.

The C.W. Caywood Shooting Range is a state-owned range right off US 51.

During a recent inspection of the range, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) discovered significant safety concerns. DNR staff will continue surveying and considering safety alternatives to ensure safe shooting operations going forward.

"They observed some bullets that had left the shooting range facility, and since that area around it is all public access, that created some safety concerns," said James Yach, DNR Secretary's Director-Northern Wisconsin.

Even though this range is closed, there are other available ranges in the area.

  • Boulder Junction Range: 10449 Nebish Lake Road in the Town of Boulder Junction. Hours of operation: Rifle and pistol range is open daily from sunrise to sunset except noon to -4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Sunday.
  • The Northwoods Wildlife & Wetlands Club Shooting Range: Mercer Range Road and Highway. Hours of operation: Open daily starting April 1 to Nov. 30 sunrise to sunset.