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Oconto County parks department asked to redesign shooting range

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The Machickanee Forest Shooting Range is temporarily closed, Friday, May 2, 2014. (Photo from: FOX 11).
The Machickanee Forest Shooting Range is temporarily closed, Friday, May 2, 2014. (Photo from: FOX 11).

OCONTO, WI (WTAQ) - Officials in Oconto County say a shooting range is needed, but have decided to keep the Machickanee Forest Shooting Range closed.

The Oconto County forest and parks committee met Wednesday morning and gave the parks department the task of redesigning the shooting range to keep stray bullets from getting out. It's alos asking for potential locations to build a new range.

Last month, the range was closed after residents living nearby complained of rapid fire coming from the range, with bullets going through some back yards.

Design experts met with officials from Oconto County almost two weeks ago. Suggestions from that meeting included moving the range to a north-south direction from the current west to east. They could also angle it northward by 45 degrees.

(Additional reporting by FOX 11).

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