Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Glenn Berryhill, Oct 2, 2021.
We like to head up early and make a day or even weekend out of it. We'll take an easy-up canopy and a few folding tables, lots of targets, and sometimes even a grill to make lunch (with provisions to wash up well between handling lead and preparing food, of course).
The downside is fire risk during the summer months, when fire and shooting restrictions are a regular occurrence. During those times I'll go to a range. I will not be the fool to ignore restrictions and burn my favorite place to be.
Here's a pic from a day trip to a relatively close spot that my coworker and I took a little while back. Target's at 100 yards here.
I do. Just like I deer, elk, antelope, and used to bear hunt on National Forest land. Well, there and on BLM land.
Most of Idaho is public land (National Forest and BLM), so it's pretty easy to find a place to shoot where the grass and weeds aren't too awfully high.
However, as I've said before, my family and friend's favorite place to target practice is probably the county gravel pit about 2 miles south of our house. There's no tall grass or weeds to get in the way there. The only problem with the county gravel pit is, in a couple of months it will be full of snow, so we won't be able to go target practicing there until next spring.
Leaving the area cleaner than you found it is key
7mi away, imagine hanging out with your father in the same private place since 1987 and you duck for the familiar sound of a tumbling bullets. One hit a tree and landed at your feet across a 80 acre pond.. Find a local range.
all forest! If you shoot here you’re seeing trees doing it!
I head out to the woods to shoot. The Huron-Manistee National Forest. Where I go, there is not usually a range. I always bring containers to pack out what came in, even if it wasn’t mine.
Finding jet skis shot up and burnt got the impromptu shooting pit to the east walled off in stumps. One can still shoot there, if they can climb. I can and don’t mind. Better to shut it down than it become a trash pit.
The woods is great. Quiet. But a close canopy can make gunshots louder.
Many different terrains to take practice advantage of. And the best part is doing it alone. I am not a gregarious shooter. I like range meets and group shoots and things, but it’s hard for me to relax.
Not so out here. I love it.
Come out and see your Mother! Nature!
And bring a small target and small shovel for a small berm. And returned the earth how you found it, no biggie. The dirt doesn’t mind being shot, but…
Don’t hang your targets on the trees!
Find a natural swale to shoot into.
Or an impenetrable swamp as a backdrop. Nobody will be walking behind those targets.
Just don’t hang the targets on the trees!
Ironically enough, there are sticks in the woods. Use those as a target stake.
They make terrible backstops too. Lots of air believe it or not…
There was another spot shut down with stumps, a turn around circle near to a lake access. It was a great shady spot to park for a walk around the lake. One day I see the tell tale tracks of an excavator and trucks heading out there.
Some dink mowed the maple tree in the middle down. Now half leaning, they sensibly just shut it down than deal with the tree. Or the yahoos.
I still shoot there too. It’s amazing what will deter some humans. If they can’t shoot from the back of their truck, they won’t stop. The old stump and dirt berm is still there, one can’t drive to the target and park in the shade now, but it’s still a good spot.
A short dive and one hop!
Have I mentioned not shooting the trees? Okay, good. Just checking.
So, as regards shooting outdoors at an impromptu range, don't be a jerk, police your targets, don't be a bad reflection on the rest of us who are responsible.
The closest MDC land near me, however, has a range, with pistol, shotgun and rifle. The downside is that on opening day it's crowded with shooters and it goes on all weekend. It's fenced off for safety which took a chunk out of the hunting area. I personally would prefer it would be closed during rifle season, but it has conditioned deer in the area to ignore gunfire. It goes on all the time.
But this ^^^^^^^
since i live adjacent to it, i do wind up shoot there regularly
Fair enough, but why no shooting at fallen trees? I would never attach a target to a live tree, but just offhand can't see the harm in using a fallen or standing dead tree as a backstop. I guess if you're not supposed to do it, I won't anymore, but it would be good to know the reason.
I do and use several BLM shooting areas that are well established for 25/50/100 yards and 300/600 yards.
Since more and more people seem to be buying land close to BLM land (Off grid living, gold mining, etc.) if you contact local Sheriff/Forestry office, they will be happy to show you where BLM land boundaries are (They are clearly marked with boundary markers right off the trail/dirt roads) so you don't shoot towards people's habitat even though they look like regular "forest" from distance, even with binoculars/spotting scope.
I was shooting at my usual BLM shooting spot about 20 miles east of Hwy 101 up into the mountains few years ago and a car drove out of the trees and approached me. A man and his son said his family just bought some property right up to the BLM boundary lines and my bullets were cracking overhead where the children were playing. I showed him the BLM boundary marker and pointed out I was clearly shooting INTO BLM land but as a father of two grown children myself, I understood man's concern. I told him I would shoot AWAY from his property and would spread the word to other shooters.
We had a nice chat and even allowed him and his son to shoot my guns. They even helped me pick up brass for reloading.
In northern coastal counties of CA, wood burning for heating is common and many pull permits to log downed trees. If embedded copper jacketed bullets come in contact with chainsaw ... some choice four letter words will be uttered.
One indoor range near me fines shooters for shots that go anywhere but the paper target.
Not to be a nervous nelly but always pay attention to your background and what you have for a backstop. The pic with the guy under canopy with 100 yard targets looks unsafe to me. If you zoom in it appears as if the ground drops down. I prefer on obvious hill or something substantial to gurantee no long fliers. It is just a pic and hard to tell if im interpreting correctly. Not trying to judge just reminder to be aware of background.
I almost never shoot at established range and ive seen all kinds of yahoos around and near where i shoot. For my spot you have to take a 2track that drops into canyon. Well for some reason sometimes ppl like to shoot on top instead of dropping into canyon.
So one day headed out to my spot and i can hear them before i can see them. Once they come into view their lifted truck is parked perpendicular to 2track on left side. They're setup on the driver side which is on opposite side from me as i approach and theyre shooting across the 2 track with maybe a 5ft tall backstop. They had no idea i was there. I had to stop and honk horn several times before they walked around there truck to see me. Straight up ding dongs.
Have fun Be safe.
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