Recently an avid shooter visited the Cherokee Village Trap Shooting pistol range on Wabash Drive in Cherokee Village. He said he loves to shoot and the place is one of the only public shooting ranges in the area. After making his way down the drive and getting out, the man said he was, "sickened by the sight of trash on the ground." He said he spent nearly an hour picking it up and by the looks of it, a few weeks later, he barely made a dent in the mess.
Following a trip to the range, a man who was there target practicing said he has seen people shooting at the concrete stands with shotguns, one of which the side was completely blown out of. He said he brought screen and caulk down to fill in the hole so snakes wouldn't get into the large opening and potentially bite a shooter. There was also a large amount of construction trash that had been dumped, a large tub that had been shot numerous times as well as thousands of shell casing, bottles and other trash littering the shooting range.
The man who was at the range said that it is also a safety hazard. He said one time he came down to shoot and began honking his horn at the top of the hill, which goes down into the holler type location of the range to alert shooters that he was coming down. He said they didn't hear him because they had their ear protection on.
The shooting area at the range is directly parallel with the road on which one must travel, to enter the site. This makes the area very dangerous to those who might drive up unsuspecting of anyone shooting. He also said that sometimes shooters will shoot the opposite direction which is in the exact direction of the road that comes down to the range. Others, he said shoot into the rocks in front of the concrete shooting stands causing ricochet's that have visibly chipped and cracked the concrete.
A man, who loves to shoot called the newspaper in hopes that the Villager Journal could run an article on the situation to make the public aware of the mess and as he said "These guys just need to 'man up' and clean up this mess they have made." He said he would hate to see the range be locked down and have so many rules that shooters cannot go out and practice at their leisure.
The range is open to the public and he says it is something that the area should take pride in, and this includes its cleanliness and upkeep.
If anyone in the area is responsible for the mess or would like to help clean up the debris, it would be greatly appreciated and would again make the facility something people in the area can be proud of.