Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

September 9, 2013

W.Va. DNR says some shooters trash public ranges


Associated Press

CHARLESTON — Shooting watermelons and computer monitors might be OK for a TV show.

But West Virginia Division of Natural Resources director Frank Jezioro says the practice isn’t OK at the state’s public shooting ranges.

Jezioro tells the Charleston Gazette that the mess left by such shooting often isn’t cleaned up.

The shooting range at the Pedlar Wildlife Management Area in Monongalia County was trashed so badly that the DNR closed it.

Jezioro says some people also shoot things other than the ranges’ paper targets, such as shelters’ metal roofs and metal uprights that hold up the target backer boards.

Jezioro says the DNR doesn’t have the manpower to supervise the ranges. Shooters are responsible for their own safety and conduct.