1. VortecK1ng

    VortecK1ng
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    Interesting, always saw cars parked there didnt know it was legal to shoot that close to the main road. Might have to stop here if I don't see any cars when I am out there again.
    ....but then again seems to be a mess there all the time too and where I try to normally go like 30 min past that it usually pretty clean. Love options tho.
     
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  2. ob1

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    One thing about that place.....
    If you go there planning to do a lot of shooting, go with a buddy. You have to hike up to the main shooting area from the parking area, which takes a few minutes each way, especially if you are humping targets and other assorted things. The last time I was there a month ago, there were two other groups present. When it was time to leave, it took me a couple trips up and down to get everything back to the car. When I got back up there to break down my target stands, one of the groups had grabbed them and already had moved them to their area and were blasting away on them, putting holes in my target frames !

    It did tick me off a bit considering I spent an afternoon making the darn things, only to have them damaged by someone who didn't give a flip. A major ettiquette faux-pa to say the least. Point being that it's probably best to do relays with someone even for that short amount of time...
    They'll grab anything that ain't nailed down ! o_O
     
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    More people, more problems...
     
  4. Gris

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    This has been the go to spot for me and the family lately as it extremely easy to access off the highway. Did notice someone had felled a tree across the "lane" to the right.

    Ob1 is right though, definitely a bit of a hike with gear to find a spot and depending on who is shooting this requires going right behind another group as you go around the hill. Usually decently busy from what I've seen but early afternoon on the weekend you can usually find at least one spot.
     
  5. fixitjohn

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    Was there today was some trash and the sign had been chopped down Are there any clean ups planed for 2018 I picked up one bag of trash
     
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  6. Ek9san

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    last time i was there. a group of kids were shooting soda cans as targets and trashed the place. didn't stop them due to guns being involved. of course me and my buddy picked up all their trash.... this place is dangerous. people shooting in all directions. well at least that's what I've seen
     
  7. Cogs

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    The next one I have scheduled for Mt Hood Nat Forest is on Earth Day, April 22nd. I know, it's a Sunday. We haven't nailed down a location yet but the 36 Pit is always a place we want to do cleanups (always needed).

    Next Mt Hood will be June 9th. I haven't announced them yet but you can see the schedule on our Events Calendar at Trash No Land.

    Other than that, keep up the Random Acts of Cleanups (like what @DrCox did last year)! (and let me know about them!) It needs our involvement of routine maintenance and constant public awareness of rules and responsible conduct.

    Thanks,

    Bill
     
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    Went up to the 36 Pit yesterday, Sunday. Looked real bad. Sure glad the public can't see it from the roadway! Met 4 real nice folks there who may be joining us next Sunday.

    The clean up is scheduled. We're meeting 2 miles past the 36 Pit and we need a crew do come back to the pit (other crews will head up to the Fish Creek area). Yesterday's pics are in the event thread.

    CLEANUP MT HOOD 4-22-18

    I went up the hill in the Fish Creek area also. Lots of shooting places and most were messy. I couldn't get down to the old landing strip because I only had a 2 wheel drive and didn't want to risk getting stuck in the mud, but, drove all the main and side roads up there. Most areas are messed up pretty good. Again, met several shooters up there who welcomed me to join them. When I asked each one if they were on NWFA, none of them were! I was rather surprised at that. Talked to about 10 people. So, I encouraged them to check it out.

    I think the best place for a group shoot after the clean up will be the 36 Pit. I didn't see any good places for a large group up on the hill.
     
  9. DrCox

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    I know we just had a clean up here a little while ago but it got dirty real fast :(

    Pulled out a little over 3 bags. Would have done more but my trash can at home it's maxed.

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  10. Cogs

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    I know. It's bad in there. A couple weeks ago, at the cleanup there were some people shooting there who would not stop or help with the cleanup. So, the crew got what they could and had to leave the rest

    There wasn't any FS rep or LEO there to help convince them to stop.

    I'm thinking of doing the next cleanup there on June 9th. (Haven't confirmed the location yet .

    Thanks for helping out!

    Bill
     
  11. ALong

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    I found this forum looking for a place to fire my first pistol. I grew up shooting guns in rock quarries with my dad and friends, but being short-ish on time I didn't want to wonder around the hills for hours looking for good spots. Thank you!

    This last saturday I was up bright and early to run the first rounds through my new VP40 and stopped by 36 pit. There was a truck there and a guy and a girl loading it up with trash when I pulled in at 7 am. Knowing it was still pretty early and not wanting to be intrusive to those who were up bright and early to clean up, I continued on to some GPS coordinates I was given by a friend another 50 minutes out.

    I have never seen 36 pit, I like how close it is but I was a bit intimidated, I don't like the idea of shooting up the hillside. There is the excavator up there, I am assuming it is mid process with whatever is going on.

    I ended up landing in another quarry that gave me 100+ yards to plink with my 30-30 after I burned through my .40.
     
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    Good to go early if it's the 36 Pit. Glad to hear that someone was helping clean it up.

    Welcome to the site!
     
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  13. Brutusjr357

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    Is this an open shooting site I was up there 2 weeks ago and there was an excavator sitting on top? Looking for places to shoot outdoors and not join a gun range I would prefer the great outdoors myself. Most places I went years ago up from promatory is closed to shooting now due to the OHV area. Im guessing places getting shut down because people trash the areas and leave all their trash behind instead of pack in pack out keep the outdoors nice for future generations.
     
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    I often suspect that's how they plan to control shooting on public land. Give the land away to less intrusive recreation groups. After all, do they ever give the recreational shooting sports anything at all? Only Oregon Dept of Forestry in Tillamook State Forest so far. Certainly not USFS or WA DNR.

    Most of it, however, is the lack of an organized recreational shooting community. We are not at the regular or important meetings representing our kind of recreation and asking for places to shoot. We need to get involved with the process and start making some headway. Meanwhile, the OHV and Mtn Bikes get more trails, signage, bathrooms and attention. We get nothing because we're not involved.
     
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