Recreational Shooting: Shooting Safe on your Forest

Recreational Shooting: Shooting Safe on your Forest

[owl hooting] [up beat music]
[shots fired] Recreational target shooting is a great
way to get out and enjoy your National Forests like with any recreational
activity on public land it’s important that you participate in a manner that is
respectful for both the environment, the resource, and for the safety and
protection of other Forest visitors. Here on the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest were an urban interface National Forest just outside the Seattle metro-area with literally millions of visitors every year. In general all National
Forest lands are open to recreational target shooting provided it’s not
specifically prohibited by Forest Service Order. We do ask that when you
come out and recreationally target shoot on the National Forest that you do follow
some pretty basic safety rules. For example, on the National Forest is
illegal to discharge a firearm within a hundred and fifty yards of a residence, a building, a campsite, a developed recreation site, or an occupied area, or
from, a long, across, a National Forest system road, or body of water.
When you’re out looking for an appropriate place to shoot on the National Forest
probably the most, if not, the most important thing you can do is find a
spot with an appropriate backstop. An appropriate back stop being something that’s gonna stop all of your rounds and there’s no doubt in your mind that arrant bullets are not gonna be going beyond that backstop. For target placement you want
you want your target to be below that backstop to were when you start putting
rounds down range you know 100% for sure that all of those rounds are gonna go
right into that backstop and not further down range where they might compromise the safety of another Forest visitor. [shots fired] One of the keys to staying safe out here is
to have a well-established firing line. That means you want to have everybody in a clear row across the firing range because you’ll probably be out here with friends, family. or other
users of the Forest. So make sure you all have that line and then you want to really work together to establish hot and cold ranges. When it’s time to set up
your targets talk to everybody else on the line and call the range cold.
When the range is cold everybody should have the gun set down, actions should be open, magazines removed. So the guns are cold and
nobody should handle firearms when you have a cold range. At that point it is safe to
go down range and set up targets, change targets, pick up trash, whatever
you like to do down there. When everybody is back behind your established firing line then you can call hot range and people can begin shooting again. [shots fired] Another thing I’ d like to talk about his trash. This is a constant challenge on the National Forest.
Please make sure that any targets that you bring can be completely cleaned up
after you shoot them. Please don’t bring your old TVs or other trash that is going to shatter when you shoot it. It’s also a great idea to bring an extra trash bag
and if everyone can go home with one extra bag of trash in addition to your
targets we can help keep the Forest clean. The Forest Service requires that
everything you bring in with you – you take out with you when you when you’re
done recreating. When you’re thinking about what to use as a target you want to consider things that are easily cleaned up and packed out along
with you. Recently exploding targets have become
popular amongst recreational target shooters. Exploding targets are illegal
on the National Forest due to their potential to start wildland fires.
In addition to target shooting in a manner that provides for the safety of not only
yourself but other forest visitors, it’s also important to you target shooting a
manner that is respectful to the resource. On the National Forest it is
illegal to damage any timber, any tree, or any other natural resource. The Forest Service
wants your National Forests to be here for future generations to enjoy. When
you come out to the National Forest to engage in recreational target shooting
just remember to pick a safe spot, double check your backstop, police up all your garbage and just be respectful of other forest visitors and as always we want
you to come out here and enjoy your National Forests. The National Forests are here for everyone. [up beat guitar]

30 thoughts on “Recreational Shooting: Shooting Safe on your Forest”

  • great info here! i bet a lot of people didn't know that they could use their National Forest recreation lands for firing practice, i sure didn't! Thanks for the info and hard work guys

  • Pretty much not true in the northeast. All national forests that I know of in MD and VA prohibit shooting except in designated ranges where technically is not even legal to shoot a tin can. Too much control.

  • What about those of us who want to enjoy our public lands without hearing all the gunfire? When someone is shooting on our public lands the public can no longer enjoy those lands. Why should one person be able to ruin it for everyone else. Go shoot at a range or on private property. Nothing against guns or their users, don't bother going there. Just don't like people ruining other peoples trips to our national forests. Colorado is the worst.

  • where are there shooting pits? Is there a link to where I would be able to locate a legit pit to shoot. I always feel uncomfortable setting up a target in an area that is not a normal place where people go.

  • I'm trying to find areas that are used to shoot. I don't know of any place in western washington where it's safe to shoot.

  • mylogylo I only agree with the fact that to many people who target shoot on public land leave it worse than how they find it and it gives the rest of us who leave it better than we found it ( and there are a lot of us) a bad name! As for shooting on public (state forest) land…we are the ones who pay upwards of $50 to $80 every year in licensing fees that is used towards the upkeep and pretty much every thing else! How much have you paid recently to enjoy  these public lands that you seem to love so much????

  • Donald Trump says:

    Great video, most is common sense and just things your parents should of taught you. Have fun be safe and keep your area clean.

  • who downvoted this? It's great getting information Straight From the Source and knowing that they WANT you to come out and use the land, so long as you are doing it safely.

  • Wouldn't it be great to have a few designated areas that are made known to the public? Hikers can avoid them, and since more shooters are going to show up regularly there is peer pressure for enhanced safety and cleanliness. If every shooter is just venturing out looking for a suitable spot that inevitably leads to problems.

  • Hey Jeff McIntosh! This is Kim Korb (Myers) from Kennewick. I went to look up public lands shooting and saw your face, to my surprise! Looks like your doing good! I live in Denver and was trying to find some info. on where to shoot with my kids, ha, crazy.

  • Little Willie says:

    One thing I had learned recently you did not add in this video is you are not allowed to be in the possession of a firearm while even drinking a beer it only made sense to me not to be intoxicated. But you better not even have a alcoholic beverage of any kind near you if you're are in possession of a firearm.

  • Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior says:

    are blowup targets illegal even if there being shot in a rock pit where theres no near by trees.

  • Lee Harvey Oswald says:

    So I can take my firearm to the Range but can't carry it for self protection in a National Forest? But cowardly Ranger Rick can carry a gun for his protection….. They need to be disarmed and so does the BLM. This is stupid.

  • We were camping in a national forest El Dorado in California 2017. Our camp was setup 300 yards away from the camp site. I picked a spot for shooting my Springfield 1911, 45cal into an old dead tree trunk. Behind the trunk was a nice hill. The rounds were going about 150 degrees away from the camp site, in other words almost in opposite direction.
    Still… someone called the park ranger and he came down there to school me even though I followed all of the rules…
    On the other hand, this year, 2018, same spot. had shooter all around and I blasted 5 rounds from my mauser kar98k no one said a thing. Other campers came by for a friendly chat about guns, that's about it.
    I really think you just get jumpy city folks that panic or are just against guns in general calling the park ranger.

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