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Oconto County town residents upset about stray bullets hitting homes


TOWN OF MORGAN, WI (WTAQ) - Residents living near a shooting range in Oconto County say they fear for their safety.

In the Town of Morgan, residents say stray bullets have nearly hit them. The feeling is that the bullets are coming from the Oconto County Machickanee Forest Shooting Range.

John Duggan says he had a stray bullet come within two feet of his head.

“As I’m splitting wood, I heard the bullet come from the range and hit the siding,” Duggan told FOX 11.

After calling the sheriff’s department, Duggan found out his home’s previous owner had similar encounters with bullets hitting the home.

Dave Younger teaches hunter safety and uses the range a few times a year. He says it’s understandable that stray bullets could be traveling well beyond the range.

“If you’re shooting into that berm, you’ve got no problem,” Younger told FOX 11. “But if you’re shooting short, that’s when stuff flies up.”

The town hall in Morgan was full of people complaining about problems with the range including stray bullets, noise and illegal targets causing explosions.

“It’s self-policed, a lot of it is,” Oconto County Sheriff's Deputy Troy Sherman told FOX 11.

Right now, Sherman stops in at the range two to three times a day. He says it would be hard to justify to taxpayers having someone supervise the range full-time.

At this point, the county is listening to suggestions, hoping to come up with a solution to people’s concerns.