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Dane County Sheriff's Office

Hunter's Sight-in and Shooting Range Use

COVID-19 Notice: Shooters will be required to follow any current COVID-19 restrictions while at the training center.

Hunter's Sight-In

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office annually sponsors a Hunter Sight-In Program. The program prepares hunters for the upcoming deer hunting season. The program allows hunters to sight-in their shotguns, rifles and pistols in a safe environment at the Dane County Law Enforcement Training Center. Experienced instructors will be on hand to provide assistance in the sighting and adjusting of firearms. Hunters will also be able to receive information on hunting laws, regulations and gun safety. Only firearms that are legal for use in hunting deer in Wisconsin will be permitted.

Hunter Sight-In Details

Location: 5184 State Highway 19, Town of Westport

Phone: 608-284-2400

Hours: The program is offered every day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., beginning the Saturday two weeks prior to opening day and ending the Friday before opening day. No appointment is necessary. A press release will be published as well as a sign posted at the facility entrance notifying the public of the exact starting date each year. No shooters will be allowed to check in after 3:30 p.m. All shooters must be off the range by 4:00 p.m.

Fees: Each shooter will be required to pay a $10.00 fee for the first weapon and $5.00 for each additional weapon. All fees must be paid by cash or check only

Equipment: The training center will provide targets along with hearing and eye protection. Hunters may use their own protection if preferred. Shooters must provide their own weapons and ammunition. The training center does not sell ammunition.

Other information:

  • Minors must be at least 10 years old and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • The training center does not offer any training to the public (i.e., shooting lessons, concealed carry training, etc.).
  • There is no open shooting during Hunter Sight-In. Hunters will be required to leave the range once their weapon has been sighted-in

    

Public Use of Shooting Range (Training Center)

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), offers public weekend target shooting at the Dane County Law Enforcement Training Center. Shooters will be able to utilize a 100 yard long gun range and a 30 yard handgun range.

Public Use of Training Center Information

Location: 5184 State Highway 19, Town of Westport

Phone: 608-284-2400

Hours: The shooting range is open Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is offered May through October, depending on funding. No shooters will be allowed to check in after 3:30 p.m. All shooters must be off the range by 4:00 p.m. A press release will be published as well as a sign posted at the facility entrance notifying the public of the exact starting date each year.

Fees: Each shooter will be required to pay a $10.00 fee for the use of the range. This fee is required for each day of shooting. All fees must be paid by cash or check only.

Required Equipment:

The training center will provide a shooting range and target stand. Shooters must provide their own:

  1. Weapon(s)
  2. Ammunition (the training center does not sell ammunition).
  3. Targets (Paper only, the training center does not sell targets)
  4. Hearing Protection
  5. Eye Protection

Additional Information:

  • Minors must be at least 10 years old, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, and should have completed the DNR Hunter Safety Program.
  • The training center does not offer any training to the public (i.e., shooting lessons, concealed carry training, etc.).
  • NO automatic weapons or bump fire style stocks will be permitted.
  • NO food or beverage is allowed on the ranges.