Southern Illinois shooting complex reopens with limits

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SPARTA  – The World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta held its first shooting event over the weekend, after it was nearly closed due to the state's budgetary woes.

WAND News first reported on the budgetary issues back in July.

The facility isn't completely reopened, according to the Southern Illinoisian, but shooting areas are now being used on a limited basis. A spokesperson says the facility is allowing organized groups and events to use the shooting areas.

The limited reopen is the result of negotiations between the Amateur Trapshooting Association and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The complex regularly draws thousands of people each summer for a pair of national competitions.

The shooting complex opened under Governor Rod Blagojevich.  The facility sits on a 1,600 acre site with 120 trap fields. 

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