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#1 Garand69

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 06:23 AM

Hello Everyone, It has been awhile since I posted here, sorry about that I have been extremely busy. I am asking that you all take the time to help out Buffalo Range in Ottawa. They have been targeted for extinction by the IDNR and they need all the help they can get. The following letter was sent out by Buffalo Range explaining the situation....
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Shooters, We Need Your Help!

Recently, Buffalo Range has come under attack by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources with totally unsubstantiated claims that stray bullets are impacting in Buffalo Rock State Park.

With six other private ranges and clubs in the area the IDNR refuses to investigate them and focuses only on Buffalo Range. This is nothing more than a malicious extension of the liberal anti-gun agenda in Springfield.Buffalo Range has been here for 41 years as an active shooting range where the public can come to enjoy our sport of shooting. We are one of the very few shooting ranges available to the public.

Help us preserve your shooting rights and our sport!

We encourage you to write letters in support of our sport and our shooting range. Please remember when writing to be professional and truthful in your description of the range and it's operation. Also, when you send a letter to anyone listed below include a copy to The Ottawa Times Editor to insure that our voices are heard.

This may be our business, but it is your place to shoot, and once it's gone it may be gone forever!!

Thank You.

Buffalo Range Shooting Park

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Spring field
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL. 62702-1271
217-782-6302
Attn: Marc Miller / Director

Senator Sue Rezin
38th District
103 Fifth Street P.O. Box 260
Peru, IL. 61354
815-220-8720
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Congressman Adam Kinzinger
11th District, Illinois
2701 Black Road
Joliet, IL. 60435
815-729-2308
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The Ottawa Times
110 W. Jefferson Street
Ottawa, IL. 61350
Attn: Editor
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And anyone else you can think of that may help us preserve our place to enjoy our sport of shooting.
Remember: Be courteous and professional.

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I have been instructing shooters at Buffalo Range for a decade or more, and every year the range has made safety improvements. The claims of the IDNR are bogus, even if bullets were leaving the range as they are claiming, the impact area would be no where near the Buffalo Rock State Park. Please take the time and send some e-mails and make some phone calls, Illinois cannot afford to lose another Range.

Thanks

Dan Hendrickson
United States Rifleman's Assoc.

Edited by Garand69, 06 December 2011 - 06:26 AM.


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Posted 06 December 2011 - 09:16 AM

That is ludicrous. Buffalo is very safety conscious. In fact, I think they go way overboard on safety regulations (but it's their right to do so). Do you have any more details? Is it a change in the law that is being proposed? Or is the IDNR acting on their own to try and shut them down? Buffalo is one of the best shooting facilities around!

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 10:37 AM

That is ludicrous. Buffalo is very safety conscious. In fact, I think they go way overboard on safety regulations (but it's their right to do so). Do you have any more details? Is it a change in the law that is being proposed? Or is the IDNR acting on their own to try and shut them down? Buffalo is one of the best shooting facilities around!


It has to do with the alleged impact of rounds in the State park immediately to the south. The IDNR closed that portion of the park due to safety concerns.

But they have never, not once, documented any bullet impacts in the area. The IDNR actually closed that section because they couldn't afford to maintain it. There are currently 45 other State parks closed for various reasons.

This is the usual State of Illinois big brother carpola. I live just north of Buffalo Range and the local residents and the Ottawa Times are outraged by this. Lisa Madigan and the IDNR have refused to proiv ide any information concerning what they are investigating.
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 10:50 AM

Unsubstantiated. There are people who poach, and generally cause mischief, all the time. It wouldn't surprise me if bullet holes were located in trees 60 miles away.

The IDNR has had it out for Buffalo Range for years.

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 11:05 AM

That is ludicrous. Buffalo is very safety conscious. In fact, I think they go way overboard on safety regulations (but it's their right to do so). Do you have any more details? Is it a change in the law that is being proposed? Or is the IDNR acting on their own to try and shut them down? Buffalo is one of the best shooting facilities around!


It has to do with the alleged impact of rounds in the State park immediately to the south. The IDNR closed that portion of the park due to safety concerns.

But they have never, not once, documented any bullet impacts in the area. The IDNR actually closed that section because they couldn't afford to maintain it. There are currently 45 other State parks closed for various reasons.

This is the usual State of Illinois big brother carpola. I live just north of Buffalo Range and the local residents and the Ottawa Times are outraged by this. Lisa Madigan and the IDNR have refused to proiv ide any information concerning what they are investigating.


When Lisa Madigans name was mentioned, I understood what the problem was!

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 07:56 PM

They closed off a section of the towpath along the I&M canal,and people who ride bikes were complaining about it being closed...I find it odd that Dee Bennett road runs along this bike,if they (DNR) was so concerned about bullets whizzing by why wasn't Dee Bennet road closed also...From what some people told me there is a pretty bad washout along that section of the towpath, that the DNR has not fixed due to lack of funds...

Thanks for the update I'll send some letters and pass this along to some people also.....

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 05:23 PM

Pretty far fetched I think. I think the real reason is someone is ticked off because part of the park is closed and blaming it on this. That park is lower elevation then the range and even if someone was firing over the berm of the pit it would have to be shot up in the air almost at a vertical angle to hit the park at that short of a range. The berms are high, they don't allow you to shoot up past a certain height on the berm and the range officer has kept a pretty good eye. Thank goodness I no long have to deal with this and can go out to my own range here and shoot. I hated driving 82 miles to just do some fun shooting. Someones got their pantys in a wad upset about the park being closed and this more then likely is the reason. I think the National guard does some shooting there and this would stop it for them also.
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