Will income to the state from new hunters be greater than the cost of the complex? Read this article and decide.
by Brian McCombie
Special to Deer & Deer Hunting
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has begun looking at the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area as a possible home for a 530-acre, $22 million shooting complex.
"The DNR has invited metro cities, counties, townships and park boards to offer possible sites by Sept. 7  for what would be the state's largest complex offering indoor and outdoor sport shooting," the Star Tribune
"The purpose is to encourage more people to hunt and engage in shooting sports, said Dave Schad, the DNR's fish and wildlife director. Such a complex also would be likely to host national competitions. The need for additional shooting sports opportunities is pretty evident in the state. We were asked by the state Legislature to take a look at this."
As envisioned, the complex would include, "10 skeet fields, 30 traps fields, a 15-station rifle range, an archery range with more than 22 stations and a five-station pistol range. Indoor firearm and archery ranges are planned, as well."
Legislation to begin a site search was authored by State Representative David Dill (DFL-Crane Lake).
"Our youth hunter recruitment continues to suffer," said Dill. "It's not just Minnesota; it's all states. We are trying to bring people into hunting and into shooting sports. You can't expect people to continue to participate when there isn't opportunity."
SOURCE: Star Tribune