TRAVERSE CITY -- Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials hope to create a new shooting range in the Traverse City area.
The range would replace the informal Hoosier Valley shooting range in Blair Township. The Hoosier Valley range has always been frequented by hunters, but more recently it gained popularity among shooters, said Bill Sterrett, the DNR’s forest resources division district supervisor for the western lower peninsula.
Sterrett said the increased use prompted noise complaints and safety concerns from neighbors.
DNR officials will present three alternative shooting range locations at a public meeting tonight.
"We tried to look at the geographic location and the fact that it would be well away from other potentially conflicting uses like subdivisions or places that were populated, other types of recreation," Sterrett said. "We tried to find areas where they were secluded, but not so secluded you couldn’t get access."
Sterrett said officials favor an option in Whitewater Township off of Williamsburg Road.
Other potential locations are in Blair Township, two to three miles from the original Hoosier Valley site, and in Fife Lake Township with U.S. 131 to the east and M-113 to the south.
All the options are on state land.
The public meeting will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center in Traverse City.