A claim has been made that bullets are leaving the Matsell Bridge Shooting Range. In order to make range improvements and modifications, the Linn County Conservation Department has closed the facility, however, the 50-yard pistol range is open daily. See below for details regarding use of the pistol range.
The Conservation Board will review plans for the 100-yard range at their May 20th meeting. They will set a date and time for a public hearing regarding the project and authorize the director to receive and open bids. Bids will be due on June 20th. The Conservation Board will review the bids and award construction contract at their June 24th meeting. Construction could start as quickly as mid-July with a potential completion date in October.
The Conservation Board will also review new proposed rules and regulations. To view the DRAFT proposal of rules, please click: DRAFT SHOOTING RANGE RULES 2013. To provide comments regarding the proposed rules, please call or email the Conservation office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-892-6450.
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Other Shooting Ranges:
While the Matsell Bridge Shooting Range is closed, many users are looking for alternate options. One option is the North Linn Fish & Game Club. It is a membership range ($40.00 annually). There is a short pistol range, 100 yard and small 200 yard range. Shooting benches are available. There is also a trap/skeet range. With a paid membership, users receive a key to the gate. Their website is: www.nlfgclub.co.
Pistol Range Guidelines:
The 50-yard pistol range is open daily to the public. It is open only to those people who have been through the orientation class put on by the Linn County Pistol Club and issued an identification badge by the club. Users must have the identification badge with them while shooting. Please note that the range may be closed to the public for law enforcement training. For a range calendar, click here. Note: barricades may be blocking the entrance to the range. You may walk or drive around the barricade to use the 50 yard range.
The Linn County Conservation Department would like to hear ideas from range users and the public about the best way to increase safety, while still providing a positive range experience for all involved. If you have ideas, please feel free to email email@example.com with your thoughts.
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