BLM seeks public input on Yellow Creek Shooting Range
Future includes public/private shooting range, shutting down entirely
DEADWOOD, S.D. – For years, people have been coming to the Yellow Creek Shooting Range south of Deadwood without solid rules. Now, the government is looking to turn that land over to the city of Deadwood.
In 1978, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) leased the parcel to the Black Hills Rod and Gun Club through a Recreation and Public Purpose. That lease expired in 1995, and went unnoticed until recently. The range is currently not up to National Rifle Association standards, and has been the site of unsafe shooting practices.
“There’s really not a lot of management to it,” said Deadwood Historic Preservation Officer Kevin Kuchenbacher. “You have shooting after dusk, sometimes and that’s not good for shooters, visitors or residents of the area.”
The range is also close to snowmobile trails and private property. Even though the range is technically closed, shooters continue to use it illegally.
“Unfortunately, some people take an old TV set out there, or incendiary targets which we don’t want in the Black Hills Forest District,” said Kuchenbacher.
There have not been any reported injuries at the range, but officials want to bring in more control to the area. The BLM and the City of Deadwood are now hosting an open house to gather public opinion regarding the future of the range.
“That’s to get everybody that has concerns, either pro or against the shooting range at Yellow Creek, to come in and talk to us to help us make a good decision on what is going to happen to the future of this range,” said Chip Kimball, the South Dakota BLM field office manager.
Kimball said that there are several ideas on the table. Shutting it down entirely, or revamping it into a range for the public and law enforcement.
The meeting will be held at the Brownsville Fire Station on Oct. 4 at 4:30 p.m.