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Columbia County shooting range

W6273 King Road, Poynette, WI 53955

Columbia County Shooting Range


The Columbia County shooting range features three free to use ranges including; 100 and 50-yard rifle ranges, a 50-yard shotgun patterning range. Earthen backstops, side berms and overhead baffles in shooting sheds help to ensure everyone's safety. Target stands are present on all three ranges, but you will need to provide your own paper targets. Hearing and eye protection are recommended. Please read the general range rules listed below to ensure the Columbia County shooting range remains safe and operable.

The range is open Thursday – Tuesday. 10 am to 6 pm. The range is CLOSED on Wednesdays for range maintenance and Law Enforcement training.

Activities allowed: Rifle and shotgun patterning. Bring your own paper targets.


The 25-foot handgun range will remain closed until a bullet catcher is in place.

No handgun or pistol will be allowed for shooting at the rifle or shotgun ranges.

Columbia County Range rules and hours are posted at the range and are strictly enforced. Review and know the rules and hours before visiting this property.

Range Reservations - Law Enforcement

Federal, state, county and local law enforcement agencies may use the range on Wednesdays for training and re-certification from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  1. To provide a quality service, manage scheduling, range safety and neighbor relations, the following steps are required for any law enforcement agencies using the range.
    1. A range use reservation must be made two weeks in advance of the training date. The reservation can be made by either email or phone through the contact information on this page.
    2. The range can only be used for shooting from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The area range can be used for non-shooting drills prior to 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
    3. A training plan or agenda must be submitted prior to the training day via email through the contact information on this page.
    4. Training must be designed so targets stay in target holders and all rounds must impact the backstop.
    5. Because the range is closed on Wednesdays, a sidewalk sign will be available at the range, reading “Law Enforcement Training in Progress". You must display this sign at the gate entrance before you start your training and while your training is in progress. This will inform the neighbors and anyone who may drive by the range that a training is in progress.

  2. The range may be used by law enforcement agencies during hours of normal operation, but the training group may not ask anyone to leave or inconvenience the public users of the range. If lanes are open and you follow regular range etiquette, you may shoot without reserving the range Thursday – Tuesday.

  3. Your agency may request a 4-digit gate code by email through the contact information on this page.

Review shooting range rules before visiting this property

NR 45.095 Shooting ranges.

  1. GENERAL RANGE RULES. No person at a shooting range may:
    1. Handle a weapon in a negligent or reckless manner.
    2. Discharge any weapon on the range while any part of a person is down range of the firing line.
    3. Point any weapon in use at the designated firing line in any direction other than down range.
    4. Fail to comply with a cease fire order called by the range officer or any other person
    5. Fail to make reasonable efforts to ensure all discharged projectiles impact the backstop.
    6. Leave any loaded weapon unattended at any time.
    7. Shoot at targets that are not placed in designated target area or affixed to target stands, if provided, unless the person is sighting or patterning a shotgun with size T or smaller shot.
    8. Shoot at items placed on the ground or at targets not posted at the designated height, unless the person is sighting or patterning a shotgun with size T or smaller shot.
    9. Unless otherwise posted at the range, shoot during the period beginning at sunset and ending at sunrise.
    10. Shoot, or attempt to shoot structures or objects that are not designated targets, or that are outside designated firing lanes.
    11. Shoot at archery targets with anything other than a bow or crossbow.
    12. Use any weapons or projectiles that discharge paint.
    13. Use incendiary, exploding, glass or other breakable materials as targets.
    14. Fail to properly dispose of targets other than clay targets used on an established shotgun shooting range.
    15. Fail to collect and properly remove or dispose of all spent shell casings and cartridges, live ammunition, targets, arrows, bolts and materials brought onto the range.
    16. While shooting at a shooting range, possess or consume an intoxicant or other restricted controlled substance
  2. In addition to being subject to the penalties set forth in s. 27.98, Wis. Stats., a person who violates any provision in this section may be evicted from the shooting range pursuant to s. NR 45.04 (3) (b).
  3. This section does not apply to training activities conducted by a law enforcement agency.

Range Construction

The facility's construction completes the process initiated in 2013 to establish a public shooting range in Columbia County. The Mud Lake Wildlife Area site was selected from several other Columbia County wildlife areas following a lengthy process involving many partners in county and local government who formed a range advisory committee. The committee identified several possible locations then held public hearings, a public comment period and conducted surveys before making its final recommendation to the DNR. DNR accepted the recommendation and in collaboration with the Department of Administration, coordinated the contracting and construction of the range.