Archery And Shooting Programs Connect New Audiences With Wisconsin’s Sporting Heritage

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages the public to try out programs and opportunities offered in Wisconsin that provide experience shooting firearms and archery equipment. 

The DNR owns 11 public shooting ranges statewide and works with partners to provide public access to more ranges through the Shooting Range Grant Program. In Wisconsin, shooting sports programs are also available and include the National Archery in the Schools Program, Scholastic 3D Archery, Scholastic Clay Target Program and the USA High School Clay Target League.

Participation in shooting sports and archery programs can help people gain experience with handling guns and bows, firearm safety, shooting range etiquette and target practice. These activities are a great way to spend time with family and friends, while keeping skills sharp for the hunting season. 

The DNR works with partners such as Pheasants Forever, Becoming an Outdoors Woman, Pass It On Outdoor Mentors and Raised at Full Draw to introduce new audiences to hunting and the shooting sports. By offering programs for beginners, such as Women’s Wingshooting Nights and BOW’s Introduction to Shooting Sports, new hunters are able to get started in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

To get started, take a hunter education course, participate in a shooting sports workshop or Learn To Hunt class in your area or simply visit a local DNR public shooting range or a private range.

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