PESHTIGO — A shooting range has been closed indefinitely in Marinette County, due to safety concerns.
A statement released from Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Suave, the Hipke Road Firearms Shooting Range is closed. The Sheriff made the announcement during the Town of Peshtigo board meeting on Tuesday, July 16.
Suave said the decision was reached by the sheriff’s office and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials because of multiple safety concerns.
The sheriff’s office is still investigating reports of people in water crafts on the Lower Peshtigo River being in danger of bullets fired at the range.
Sheriff Suave said there have also been complaints of houses and garages being struck which are right across the river from the shooting range.
“This closure is unfortunate, but we believe the prudent decision is in the interest of public safety,” Sheriff Suave said. “It will allow for us to investigate these complaints thoroughly, and [work] with DNR officials to identify necessary safety improvements that must be made before the range can be used again.”
Anyone with questions about the closure is asked to contact the local DNR office at the Peshtigo Service Center at 715-582-5000 or the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office at 715-732-7607.