DNR grants give trap shooting ranges a boost

(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.




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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

Total                                                                                                   $389,155