Stewart wins approval for hunting, fishing parties on Columbus ranch

    Tony Stewart
    Photo taken in July 2016 of racecar driver Tony Stewart, a Columbus native.

    COLUMBUS, Indiana — Champion racecar driver Tony Stewart has received permission to open a for-profit hunting and fishing operation on his 414-acre ranch in western Bartholomew County.

    The Columbus native, who recently retired after an 18-year career as a NASCAR driver, won over members of the Bartholomew County Board of Zoning Appeals, which voted unanimously to give him a conditional-use permit allowing the activity.

    Reaction to the proposal wasn’t unanimous with Stewart’s neighbors, however.

    “Are you prepared to put my life, my childrens’ lives, my grandchildrens’ lives at risk for someone’s pleasure?” asked Rachel Morris, who resides south of Stewart’s estate in Harrison Township.

    Morris said she believed stray rifle bullets from controlled hunts could cross County Road 225S onto their respective properties and either injure or kill someone.

    Read more details on Stewart’s plan in Wednesday’s print edition of The Republic.


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    Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5636.