Standard Operating Procedures

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Chippewa County Firearms Range

Standard Operating Procedures

The Rifle Range Committee at the direction of the Chippewa County Facilities and Parks Committee and under the authority of the Chippewa County Board establishes the following rules for the Chippewa County Riffle Range located at 10495 130th Ave, Bloomer, WI  54724.

The Chippewa County Firearms Range is open to the public in accordance with the established Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Firearm Safety

Shooting incidents are rare on ranges.  The following range rules and regulations are established to ensure safety and discipline for individuals using the range as well as safety for our neighbors and surrounding communities. 

All users are required to enforce these rules.  All users are expected to politely point out, to any user in violation of these rules, the nature of the violation, request they stop and if continued violation occurs, report the incident along with the violators name to the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department (726-7701) for further action.  


The Rifle Range Board will review all incidents and will take one of the following actions:

            No action

            Written warning

            Temporary restriction of use/removal from the range

            Loss of privileges

            Or other penalties as prescribed by the Range Board

Individuals using the range shall become familiar with the range safety rules and procedures prior to using the range.

The range safety rules and procedures help to provide range supervision and allow for enforcement of shooting range safety rules to reduce or eliminate incidents from occurring at the range.


Gun Safety Rules

These rules shall be followed at all times:

  • 4 Fundamental Rules for Safe Gun Handling:
    1. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
    2. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
    3. Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
    4. Always treat a firearm as if it were loaded.
  • Rules for Using or Storing a Gun:
    1. Know your target and what is beyond.
    2. Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
    3. Know how to use the gun safely.
    4. Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
    5. Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate.
    6. Never use alcohol or drugs before or while shooting.
    7. Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.
    8. Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting activities require additional safety precautions.

 Range Usage:

 All scheduled use of range shall take precedence over any individual or personal activity.

  • All vehicles shall be parked in the designated parking area.
  • Range is to be used as posted.
  • Authorized and trained Range Safety Officers shall have full authority over all shooting activities conducted at the firearms range.  In absence of any Range Safety Officer or Hunter Safety Instructor(s), Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department shall have authority over all shooting activities conducted at the firearms range.
  • Usage shall comply with all Pittman-Robertson Grant Regulations, DNR contracts, and all other applicable grant restrictions used in construction and upkeep of the range.

 Range Fees:

Due to budgetary restraints and the high costs of operating and maintaining a firearms range, the County Board has given the Chippewa County Rifle Range Board the authority to set fees for use of the firearms range.  These fees shall be reviewed on a yearly basis by the Range Board.  All individuals using the range shall pay a user fee for shooting their firearms at the range.  This fee shall be collected and used for the upkeep, improvements and maintenance of the firearms range.  The Building and Grounds Committee and the DNR Hunter Education Administrator shall be notified of all fees charged or increases. 

Before Use:

  • Inspect Range for hazards (including children and animals) prior to use.
  • All Range users are personally responsible for range safety and safe shooting.
  • Abuse of range safety rules and safe shooting rules will result in loss of privileges of the firearms range.
  • All shooters are responsible to immediately correct any unsafe conditions.  If you observe an unsafe condition that you are unable to correct, report it immediately to range attendant or the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department (726-7701).
  • Pets, other than service animals, are not allowed on the Shooting Range unless they are contained in the owner’s vehicle.  All animals must be under control of owners at all times while on the premises (subject to ordinance violation for non-compliance).

General Safety Rules

  • All persons must register with the Range Safety Officer (if available) and pay a user fee before any firearm is un-cased.
  • Designate a Range Safety Officer when none is present or assigned.
  • It is the responsibility of all Range Users to know and obey all range rules.  Before using the range for the first time, all users must read the Range Rules and sign an acknowledgment that they have read the Range Rules and agree to abide by the rules.  By depositing your envelopes, you are also agreeing to abide by the Range Rules.
  • Know where others are at all times.
  • Shoot only at authorized targets.
  • Do not handle a firearm or stand at the firing line while others are downrange.
  • While others are downrange, all shooters must step away from the firing line.
  • Stop shooting immediately upon the command “Cease Firing”.
  • All firearms on the firing line shall be handled in a safe manner.
  • Keep the muzzle direction downrange at all times or under your control.
  • Keep finger off the trigger until ready to fire.
  • Keep all firearms unloaded and all actions open until on the firing line and ready to fire.
  • Any firearms requiring maintenance shall be removed from the firing line to a designated safety area ONLY after it has been cleared of all ammunition.
  • Keep the action of the firearm open at all times except when actually shooting or holstering the firearm.
  • Shoot only proper targets that have been approved by the Rifle Range Board.  No shooting at unauthorized targets (cans, bottles, boxes, etc.).  At no time shall any individual discharge a firearm in a manner that potentially jeopardizes the safety of others. This may include shooting at target stands or frames, any object containing glass, or any such material that may cause potentially dangerous debris.  Shoot only so that the projectile impacts the backstop berm. 
  • All shooters are required to pick up all targets they used and all spent ammunition casings when finished with shooting.  Failure to retrieve such targets and casings shall be considered littering and subject the violator to possible fines and loss of shooting privileges at the range.
  • Everyone within close proximity to an active firing line must wear eye and ear protection at all times.  Spectators are also required to wear ear and eye protection on the firing line.
  • Prior to leaving the firing line, a shooter must unload and make their firearm safe.
  • Obey all commands from Range Safety Officer, staff, attendant, or law enforcement officer.
  • All range users are personally responsible for range safety and safe shooting.
  • Politely and positively respond when corrected concerning a violation of Range Rules.

After Use

  • Shooters must clean their area after each use.
  • Remove “live” or “dud” ammunition from the range.  Police your area after firing by placing all trash, “spent” casings, shells, boxes, etc. in the appropriate containers provided. 
  • All shooters are required to pick up all targets they used and all spent ammunition casings when finished with shooting.  Failure to retrieve such targets and casings shall be considered littering and subject the violator to possible fines and loss of shooting privileges at the range.
  • Remove and discard your paper targets.  Keep the Range clean.  Failure to do so can result in fines and/or loss of shooting privileges.
  • Secure all range equipment.

Specific Range Rules

  • All shooting will be in authorized areas only.
  • Respect others and their equipment.
  • All firearms shall be unloaded and enclosed within a carrying case until the shooter is on the firing line, or on the ready line.
  • All persons before using the range for the first time must read the Range Rules and sign an acknowledgment that they have read the Range Rules and agree to abide by the rules.
  • Safety briefing to be given to all groups, organizations, clubs, etc., before any shooting takes place.
  • Use of the Range Training Building to be scheduled through the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department.
  • Adult supervision is required for all shooters under the age of 16 years of age.  Shooters under the age of 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or adult designated by the parent or guardian.
  • Harassment will not be tolerated by anyone at the range.
  • No one shooter to be permitted more than four (4) firearms per visit or no more than one hour of shooting time.  Exception:  no one else present waiting to shoot.
  • No one shooter shall use more than one shooting bench at a time.
  • No pistols or firearms of less than 22 caliber to be fired on the rifle range side.
  • No long guns of more than 22 caliber to be fired on the pistol range side Exceptions: Law Enforcement.
  • All target materials will be either paper or cardboard, or those provided by the rifle range.  No other material to be used.
  • No skeet or clay target shooting.
  • Shooters are responsible for removing their target material.
  • Shooters are responsible for picking up all their brass/shell casings.
  • Litterers will be cited for violations.
  • No firearms or devices may be used on the ranges that exceed the design specifications without the prior approval of the Range Board.
  • Department of Natural Resources will cite any and all violators pertaining to DNR rules/regulations.
  • All violators will be prosecuted to the full extent of any and all Federal, State and County laws.  There will be no first time warning as all shooters will have read the rules and signed an acknowledgment that they understood said rules.
  • All violators are subject to expulsion from the range complex.

Special Public Functions:

  • During public events on the range, those responsible shall appoint a range officer.  The range officer shall be responsible for the shooting activities at the firing line and shall be the only one to give the command to “Commence Fire”.  Anyone seeing a dangerous condition can call a “Cease Fire”.
  • The Range Officer has total control of all activities on the range and must be obeyed.
  • The Range Officer shall be responsible for ensuring that all firearms are unloaded during a cease fire, and that no firearms are handled while any person is down range.
  • No ammunition shall be handled in designated safety areas.  All firearms must be proven clear at a designated safety area immediately upon arriving at, and prior to departing, the range facilities.
  • If a misfire or jam occurs, the shooter shall signal the RSO (by raising hand while keeping muzzle pointed downrange) who will clear the firearm.
  • At the “Cease Fire” command, all firearms shall be immediately set down with muzzle downrange, and shooter must step back away from the firearm and bench.
  • Firearms may only be handled after the range has been cleared and declared “Ready for Fire
  • All firearms placed on a firing line bench must have actions open until ready to fire.  Handguns in holsters (only those holsters which point the muzzle towards the ground are permitted) must be unloaded, un-cocked, with any detachable magazine removed, until made ready to fire.
  • No persons impaired by alcohol or drugs shall be permitted to handle or discharge firearms on the rifle range.  No alcohol is permitted on any range.
  • The use of alcohol or illegal drugs is forbidden on the rifle range and will result in immediate expulsion.

Administrative rules governing how the range facility operates

All administrative rules governing the operation of the shooting range facility shall be developed by the Range Board and approved by the Facilities & Parks Committee.  Such rules, upon their approval and adoption by the County Board, shall be made available to the public.

Hours of Operation as governed by our conditional use permit * (Pittman-Roberts Funds)

Monday through Saturday:   9:00 AM (See table below)

                        Sunday:   10:00 AM to (See table below)


January: 4:00 p.m. February: 4:30 p.m. March: 5:00 p.m. April: 5:30 p.m. May: 7:30 p.m. June: 8:00 p.m.

July: 7:30 p.m. August: 7:00 p.m. September: 6:00 p.m. October: 4:30 p.m. November/December: 4:00 p.m.

*Without prior approval of the Range Board

Emergency Rules: are created to minimize confusion and save time responding during an emergency

Chippewa County utilizes 911:

Personal Injury:  Call 911 to secure aid.  Return to the injured person and do what you can to help.   Post a person, if available, at the range entrance to direct emergency vehicles.  Take written notes from all witnesses. 

Fire: Call 911 then clear the area.   Post a person, if available, at the range entrance to direct emergency vehicles.

The range location is:  10495 130th Ave, Bloomer, WI  54724.

Range Board Contact Information:

Range Board: Steve Gibbs, (715) 726-7740

Law Enforcement Liaison: Lt. Mitch Gibson, (715) 726-7826

All emergencies MUST be reported to the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department and subsequently to the Chippewa County Rifle Range Board.

For other Rifle Range information or for a yearly membership, please contact the Chippewa County Facilities & Parks Office at 715-726-7882.