Jul 31, 2016 12:37 PM

Plans for shooting range, wilderness training come before Winchester Zoning Board

WINCHESTER - A outdoor shooting park that hopes to turn three properties between Hinsdale and Fenton Hill roads into a shooting range and wilderness survival skills training area has come before the zoning board.

Massachusetts-based Ridgeline Shooting Sports is proposing the park, according to The park will offer to teach people survival skills, such as navigating using a map and compass, concealment, making themselves visible for rescue, preparing an emergency shelter, first aid and preparing for a night in the woods.

"Location-wise, I wanted to be in southern New Hampshire," Alex Hartmann, president of the company and a former U.S. Marine scout sniper, said.

Hartmann said that the company plans to hire area residents to work at the facility and hopes to create employment for military veterans struggling to transition back to civilian life

The three properties Hartmann is eyeing are owned by N&M Winchester Properties LLC, of Brattleboro,Vt., and span the agricultural, commercial and residential zoning districts, according to the project's application.
The parcels are 32, 101 and 115 acres. Two of the lots would be used for the outdoor shooting park, the application said.

The Winchester Zoning Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing on the special exception and variance at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at the town hall.

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