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Another shooting area closed!

Discussion in 'Outdoor Shooting Areas' started by wence5, May 20, 2015.

  1. wence5

    wence5 Vancouver, Washington, United States Active Member

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    It's getting harder and harder to find a good spot to shoot these days, and last Friday I discovered my favorite shooting area has been closed. The abandon gravel pit on DNR land about three miles south of Trout Lake WA just off hwy. 141 and Glenwood Rd. I was up there about a month ago and it was open, so this has happened within the past couple weeks. I can't figure out why since there wasn't any trash to speak of left behind, and there are no houses near the pit. Most people up there police the area when done shooting, but there is always some slobs. A word to the wise, clean up after yourself or we will see no more public land closed to shooting.
     
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  2. Dreams of Steel

    Dreams of Steel Sherwood Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    Sad to hear this, I always wonder when I am going to see a big gate across the entrances to my favorite spots. One of these days I will be able to buy my own plot of land and build my own shooting range, doubt I'll make it open to the public but who knows!
     
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  3. Lilhigbee

    Lilhigbee SE Portland Visit Target550.com Gold Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    It would be worthwhile to check with DNR and see what is up. generally they seem to not care about shooters unless there is a specific problem. Was the road gated, signs posted or?? I have seen DNR used as a handy excuse to close an area when they had nothing to do with it. (Blue Lake in Stevenson)
     
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  4. wence5

    wence5 Vancouver, Washington, United States Active Member

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    I wrote an email to the director of the SW regional office to see what was up. The pit has always had a gate across the entrance, but now they have boulders blocking the parking area with DRN "NO SHOOTING" signs posted. When and if I find out what the reason is I will post it here.
     
  5. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    I have to drive a solid 45 minutes to get to my favorite spot. I'm expecting one day to see a no shooting sign too!
    Last week a vehicle was blocking the path going to one of my best spots and I thought they were shooting too so I moved on a reasonable distance and found another safe spot.
    I was there over 45 minutes and didn't hear a sound from the others as I was blasting targets. I think they were camping or up to no good of some kind. It would be a strange place to camp with all the Target shooting!
    A second vehicle had joined them I noticed as I was leaving.

    Sucks to be at the mercy of others with shooting areas.
    If it starts taking me over an hour to get to a new spot I might just hang it up until I'm able to move.
     
  6. wence5

    wence5 Vancouver, Washington, United States Active Member

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    UPDATE ON THE KILOWATT PIT CLOSURE......I got a call from Al Lawson, the director of the SW regional district today. He told me there was a couple reasons they closed the "kilowatt" pit. One was the neighbors nearest the pit didn't like people shooting Tannerite, and petitioned the county and DNR to close the pit to shooting, and second, they are in the process of leasing the pit to a construction company and opening it back up to produce gravel. I can see the lease thing.
     
  7. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Too bad, that looks like it was a handy spot for the area.
     
  8. fredball

    fredball Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I make itxa point to fill a garbage bag before I leave from where we go but everytime I go there we see tires and a tv set cans bottles and so on what slobs truly slobs
     
  9. wence5

    wence5 Vancouver, Washington, United States Active Member

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    I bit the bullet and joined a shooting range, so now I always have a place to shoot. No more going into the pucker brush to find a place to shoot.
     
  10. Capn Jack

    Capn Jack Wet-Stern Washington Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Problem with joining a shooting club is, the ones I've checked say no lead bullets except .22 rimfire and I cast nearly all of my bullets.:mad:
     
  11. TonyG

    TonyG Brush Prairie New Member

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    I was just in a local gun store this past week in Vancouver and hear that the pit is open again. Guess they did some work on it.
     
  12. fredball

    fredball Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Or you have to buy their ammo at inflated prices unreal prices no magnums yawda yawda yawda
     
  13. kilimanjaro

    kilimanjaro Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    For the record, there is no right of public use or access to State lands in Washington. If they don't want you there, they can gate it off.

    Federal lands do have the public access rights, they have to go through a lot of hoops to close parts of it off. The State can just do whatever they want and don't have to answer to anybody.
     
  14. Ronin Tech

    Ronin Tech Snohomish Member

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    check these guys out.

    https://www.facebook.com/ForestAccessForAll/

    they are mostly about keeping the dirt roads open for access, but we've also lost a lot of good pits due to roads being closed, no while not really a shooting group our end goals are more or less mutually beneficial.
     
  15. timac

    timac Loading Magazines! Well-Known Member

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    DNR employs approximately 10 law enforcement officers who are located throughout the state.