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Range plagued by trespassers

Thursday, January 26, 2012

People have trespassed at a shooting range owned by the Pierce City Sportsman's League and caused damage.
The Pierce City Sportsman's League has a rich history in Lawrence County. Over 40 years ago, members of the league pooled their money to purchase property that they converted into a trap and skeet range to further their enjoyment of the shooting sport.

Over the last several years, the League has been plagued by problems with trespassing and vandalism at the range, which is located two miles outside of Pierce City.

"We have signs up that clearly state no trespassing and members only," said Kenny Wrobleski, Sportsman's League president. "It is a shame people won't respect private property."

According to Wrobleski, there are three major problems that concern league members the most.

1) Litter. Trespassers leave litter behind from random objects they bring to the range to shoot.

2) Destruction of League property. Buildings, trap boxes, signage and benches have been used as targets.

3) Liability. If a person is injured on the property, the Sportsman's League is liable, even if the hurt individual was trespassing when injured.

"We've found spray paint cans, computer monitors and all sorts of stuff shot to bits and just left behind," said Wrobleski. "One of our trap houses has 11 bullet holes someone put in it. Our trap house has streaks where bullets have glanced off the top, because people were shooting cans off its top. We had one of our sighting benches used to hang targets and shot to bits."

The problem has gotten worse as the years have gone by despite a chain across the entire entrance and purple paint placed on posts to identify private property.

"Part of the problem is the members don't shoot at the range as much as we used to," said Wrobleski. "We just want to make people aware that the property is private, and you need to be a member to use the facility."

Annual membership dues for the Pierce City Sportsman's League are $25.

"We welcome new members and want to encourage people to join," said Wrobleski. "It's pretty discouraging to see people recklessly destroy and abuse something you have spent half of your life trying to build."

For more information about the League, contact Kenny Wrobleski at 417-476-2797.

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