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Beloit Town Board to discuss commercial hunting ordinance

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ANN MARIE AMES
July 16, 2011
— The Beloit Town Board on Monday could take action on an ordinance regulating commercial game farms, although officials are not clear whether the ordinance would affect Coon Creek Sportsmans Club.

The board will hold a public hearing on the matter.


The ordinance would ban commercial hunting on game farms from operating within a half mile of a subdivision or within 1,000 feet of a home or livestock barn.


Coon Creek is located at 4605 St. Lawrence Ave. in Beloit Township. The facility is a little less than two miles west of the city of Beloit and within a half-mile of a small subdivision at Paddock Road and Deer Run Parkway, according to online satellite maps.


Town attorney Bill Henderson was not sure if the ordinance would ban commercial hunting at Coon Creek.


“I didn’t go out and measure,” Henderson said Friday.


Former Town Administrator Bob Museus in June said the ordinance would not prohibit commercial hunting at Coon Creek. The club would have to abide by the 1,000-foot rule, Museus wrote in an email to the Gazette.


Town board Chairman Rob Pavlik was “fairly certain” the ordinance would affect Coon Creek.


Regardless of the ordinance, Coon Creek cannot operate at this time, town board Chairman Rob Pavlik said. The town board in January 2010 revoked the club’s conditional-use permit.


“The ordinance will make sure there’s not constant gunfire in area of a residential dwelling or a series of homes,” Pavlik said.


Private hunting would continue to be allowed, Pavlik said.


The club’s owner, Roger Bryden, and operator, Mike Toubl, filed an injunction, which was upheld in Rock County Court. That reversed the permit revocation.


The town appealed, and in April 2011 the Rock County judge’s decision was overturned.


The town issued Coon Creek’s first permit in 2007. Neighbors regularly complained about noise from the club. Bryden and Toubl said the town was micromanaging their business.


The ordinance also:


-- Requires commercial preserves to carry insurance.


-- Prohibits consumption of alcohol on the site of a preserve.


-- Allows commercial hunting from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Nov. 1 to March 31.


-- Requires a range operator to be on-site during commercial hunts.


If you go

What: Regular meeting of the Beloit Town Board and public hearing on an ordinance to regulate commercial bird hunting reserves


When: 7 p.m. Monday, July 18.


Where: Beloit Town Hall, 2871 S. Afton Road, Beloit.



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