W.Va. DNR reopens shooting range with restrictions
June 19, 2009 @ 08:15 AM
The Associated Press
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An Eastern Panhandle shooting range closed in May by the West Virginia of Natural Resources will reopen at the end of the month.
The DNR closed the range at Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management area because a private cabin half a mile away had been repeatedly hit by gunfire.
District Wildlife Biologist Rich Rogers said the problem developed because shooters ignored safety rules and illegally placed targets on the top of bunkers designed to stop bullets.
Because the incidents involved rifles and pistols, the DNR says when the range reopens on June 29, only shotguns will be allowed.
Shotguns do not use longer range cartridges.
The agency says it is looking for ways to develop a new shooting range