Michigan DNR, State Police and Lapeer County Sheriff Form Joint Effort to Curb Illegal Shooting Activity at Roods Lake Road Pit


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan State Police and Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department are joining forces to curb illegal shooting activity at the Roods Lake Road “shooting pit” in Lapeer County. The site currently is on a state-managed game area.

Since mid-April, complaints have been increasing about loud explosions at the pit. After a preliminary investigation, it has been determined that illegal firearms, non-conforming targets and exploding targets are being used at the site.

“These types of activities are illegal at this site, and are causing serious disturbances for residents who live near the Lapeer State Game Area,” said Lt. David Malloch, the DNR’s regional Law Enforcement Division supervisor. “This joint effort will include stepped up patrols and enforcement involving all agencies in order to bring use of the site under control and in compliance with a 2012 DNR order regarding target shooting at the site.”

Under a land use order signed by the DNR director in 2012, people may target shoot at the site, but they may only shoot at paper, cardboard or clay targets. They also may not discharge a firearm during times other than regular hunting hours or, if target shooting, one-half hour after sunset or before sunrise.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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