Shooting range temporarily silenced |

Shooting range temporarily silenced

BASALT ” The shooting range at the Basalt State Wildlife Area is closed during daytime hours through roughly June 25 to allow for improvements to the facility, the Colorado Division of Wildlife announced Tuesday.

The closure will last about two weeks, including weekends, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shooters may use range facilities from 5 p.m. to dusk.

Contractors are adding fencing between the rifle, pistol and shotgun ranges and placing fencing in outlying areas to keep other users from unknowingly entering the shooting range. Trees will also be planted on the edge of the shooting range to improve the range’s appearance and help minimize noise disturbance to surrounding properties.

“We’re hopeful that sportsmen can be patient while this work is done” said Perry Will, area wildlife manager, in a press release.

Range users are urged to help maintain the range by collecting trash and used brass, husks and targets. Vandalism to range facilities is a constant concern and users are urged to protect their range from damage and report any suspicious activity to the DOW Glenwood Springs office at 947-2920. Vandalism and dangerous incidents that are in progress should be reported to 911.

A reminder to range users: a Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp is required for entry to all state wildlife areas, including the Basalt shooting range. Seniors (65 and over) and youth (18 and under) are exempt from the requirement. Habitat stamps are available where fishing and hunting licenses are sold or on the DOW website at

The Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp provides funding to protect and enhance wildlife habitat in the state.

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