(Released October 31, 2014)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has approved nearly $400,000 in expedited small range trap shooting grants to expand, improve or upgrade trap shooting ranges across the state.
The grants are the result of a $2.16 million legislative appropriation earlier this year that aims to increase shooting range capacity for youth trap shooters by providing matching funds to recreational shooting clubs open for public use.
“These grants will be a shot in the arm to the trap shooting community and help provide more opportunity for youth trap shooters, whose numbers have swollen since the inception of the Minnesota High School Clay Target League,” said Maj. Roger Tietz, DNR Enforcement Division operations support manager.
The number of clay target league youth shooters jumped from 3,400 in spring 2013 to around 6,100 in spring 2014.
There were 55 grant applications received and 40 approved totaling $389,000. Grant applications were scored based on project location and need, financial contributions of funding partners and the applicant and the feasibility of the project.
The program provides grants for projects ranging from $2,500 to $25,000. The grants must be matched in a ratio of one-to-one.
Groundwork for a new round of funding for larger and smaller grants will be announced later this year.
Annandale Conservation Club
|Becker County Sportsmen’s Club, Detroit Lakes||$2,907|
|Belgrade Sportsman Club||$8,470|
|Buffalo Gun Club||$12,064|
|Byron Sportsmen’s & Conservation Club||$10,500|
|Canby Sportsman’s Club||$9,084|
|Caribou Gun Club, Le Sueur||$25,000|
|Crookston Gun Club, Inc.||$8,187|
|Dumfries Sportsmen’s Club, Wabasha||$2,589|
|East Range Sportsman & Cons. Club, Aurora||$5,908|
|Fairmont Trap Club, Inc.||$5,811|
|Falls Trap Club, Inc., International Falls||$5,400|
|Gopher State Sportsmen’s Club, La Crescent||$15,000|
|Graceville Gun Club||$7,500|
|Grand Rapids Gun Club||$14,707|
|Hibbing Trap Club||$3,401|
|Kenyon Sportsmen’s Club, Inc.||$4,500|
|Kimball Rod & Gun Club||$17,810|
|Knob Hill Sportsman’s Club, Wadena||$13,600|
|Lake of the Woods Rod & Gun Club||$4,000|
|Lakes Area Shooting Center; Fergus Falls||$2,413|
|Lester Prairie Sportsmen’s Club||$6,400|
|Monticello Sportsmen’s Club Inc.||$24,975|
|Minneapolis Gun Club||$25,000|
|Osage Sportsman’s Club||$5,000|
|Owatonna Gun Club||$3,200|
|Pine Island White Pines Sports Club||$4,848|
|Pine River Fish & Game||$8,465|
|Proctor Jack Meade Gun Club, Duluth||$12,700|
|Red River Valley Sportsmen’s Club, Perly||$6,795|
|Redwood Falls Sportsman’s Club||$3,070|
|Redwood River Sportsman’s Club, Marshall||$9,816|
|Rice Creek Hunting & Rec. Inc., Little Falls||$4,148|
|South St. Paul Gun Club||$25,000|
|Stewartville Sportsman’s Club||$9,995|
|Thief River Falls Trap Club||$10,500|
|Truman Gun Club||$17,788|
|Wanamingo Sportsmen’s Club, Inc.||$4,500|
|Wealthwood Gun Club||$4,350|
|Winona Sportsmen’s Club||$3,354|
|Winthrop Game Protective League||$2,900|