Oklahoma City offers payout to shooting range owner

The Water Utilities Trust would only allow steel shot at the shotgun sports facility. Quail Ridge Sporting Clays owner Dave Martin had said without lead shot the business would not work.
by William Crum Published: May 8, 2013

Under terms of Martin's lease with the Water Utilities Trust, the city must pay Martin for improvements to the site on SE 149.

Besides installing shooting stands, Martin constructed a pavilion and renovated a small house for use as a clubhouse and office.

The Water Utilities Trust said in a letter this week that Martin's construction costs were $126,566.82.

Less $17,402.94 for depreciation, he's owed $109,163.88, the letter said.

In proposing that lead shot be banned, Water Utilities Trust Chairman Pete White said last month that he was concerned about lead left on the ground by shooters.

The lead could be consumed by waterfowl, poisoning the birds and making them easy prey for predators, such as eagles, that would then ingest the lead, he said.

Carolyn Pimsler, who along with neighbors fought against the move to SE 119, said Tuesday that she was “appreciative of the Water Trust for making the right decision for wildlife.”

by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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