(Cheyenne, WY) - Shortgo spoke with one of the managers of Otto Road Shooting Range, Dee VanGoethen, to gain more insight on the events surrounding the major Otto Road grass fire
that burned hundreds of acres west
of the range a little over a week ago.
VanGoethen said she's been dealing with much confusion in the media
surrounding the event, falsely stating the grass fire incident had occurred
at her range facilities.
The unknown shooter who caused the grass fire using explosives as a
shooting target, was shooting on public state trust land just west of the
members-only shooting range. Wyoming state trust lands are generally open
to the public for recreational use.
*The grass fire quickly spread, burning just behind Otto Road Shooting
The shooting range, however, has been a part of the Cheyenne community for
fourteen years, allowing responsible shooters to have a safe and maintained
environment to practice shooting.
"We have range officers, a mandatory orientation for all joining members,
berms and bays so people are protected, everyone is shooting in a safe
direction, and absolutely no explosives are allowed," said VanGoethen.
*Hank and Dee VanGoethen have resided across from the range for 32
One of the range members and officers, Glenn Herbst, recently spoke on the
abuse the state trust land and surrounding areas have endured since being
open to the public, "Trash left behind is an outrageous problem. Utility
poles are repeatedly shot and must be replaced as these folks think it is a
good idea to hang targets there. Errant rounds land in adjacent yards,
through windows and roofs," local news reports state.
Many members of the Otto Road Shooting Range would prefer that the state
trust land be closed down and simply reopened in a safer area. VanGoethen
said that they're dealing with fires annually caused by state trust land
shooters abusing the area.
A legislative meeting is set to take place sometime this December to
discuss the state trust land's recreational use.
Otto Road Shooting Range and King Ranch are inviting the community and its
members to participate in their upcoming 'A Month of Giving' events
throughout November. All proceeds and donations made will go to Needs, Inc.
of Cheyenne to support those in need in the Laramie County community.
Nov. 7 - Defensive Pistol
Nov. 8 - A Girl and A Gun T-Time
Nov. 14 - Bowling Pin Shoot
Nov. 14 - High Plains IDPA
Nov. 15 - NRA Action Pistol Shoot
Nov. 21 - Border Vigilantes Shoot
Nov. 22 - The Well Armed Women
Nov. 28 - Steel Shoot
Nov. 29 - Precision Rifle
Full event details can be found here .