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BLM Camping

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by eriknemily, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

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    My brother and his friend are going hunting in the Trask unit this week. They'd like to be able to camp out there on BLM land but are not sure if that is legal. Of course the BLM website doesn't give any clear answers other than how much they charge per night at designated campsite/grounds. Does anybody know what the rules are regarding camping? Could you cite your references too:D
     
  2. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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    I've camped on BLM land quite a few times without a problem, but to be honest I've never checked the legality of it.

    I'm also curious to get the final word on this.
     
  3. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

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    I figured most of the time it'd be no problem. The thing is, my brother and his buddy have a little 10-12' trailer they want to use. That's quite a bit more conspicuous than a simple tent set up off the beaten path.
     
  4. gammone

    gammone oregon New Member

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    Although I do not have any source information to back this up, I have always been under the impression that camping is ok and free on federal land BLM or FS, at dispersed ( non developed) sites for up to 2 weeks. Usually if there is an exception for a specific area, it is because they have had trouble there, and it will be clearly posted. I have camped all over and never gotten hassled. I think that as long as you are clean and respectful, there should be no problem. Its our land anyway...
     
  5. lucky guy

    lucky guy Sisters Active Member

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    That's my understanding too, pretty sure that's right unless it's marked no camping. Having camp fires can be more restricted sometimes outside of established campgrounds.
     
  6. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    I can't find it right now, but the rule is a maximum of 14 days in one spot. Beyond 14 days you have to move at least 20 miles.
    Campfires are the only restriction, but with the fall weather that shouldn't be an issue.

    Good luck on your hunt!
     
  7. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    There are also some new rules with regard to how far you can leave the road to access a dispersed camping area. I believe it is no more than 300'. You might want to stop in your USFS office and pick up the the new travel management info and maps for the area you will be in. The new travel management plans are confusing, hard to understand and are not entirely complete according to a FS employee I know and was talking to about this the other day. The 'unwritten' word is to try your best to follow the travel plan rules as best as possible and if a FS LEO does see you in a closed area and you were attempting to follow the map most likely you will not be cited - just don't get caught in the same area a week later by the same LEO or you will be cited. Pickup the info and you will see how clear it is - as mud that is.
     
  8. Mosseman

    Mosseman Grants Pass Oregon New Member

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    My wife and I have been camping on BLM for years. You must have your own fire
    pit or fire blanket, and a portable toilet. Oh, and one gal of water to put out your fire.
    The max stay is two weeks, in any given place. Have fun...
     
  9. lucky guy

    lucky guy Sisters Active Member

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    I think the limit is how far off an OPEN road you can take your vehicle to set up a camp. You can camp anywhere you want pretty much, it's the vehicle that's restricted.
     
  10. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

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    Thanks for the advice gents.
     
  11. Mosseman

    Mosseman Grants Pass Oregon New Member

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    That sounds right. Remember it's our land...
     
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  12. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

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    It's our land that we continually lose 'rights' to. I get frustrated seeing how many idiots leave trash out in the woods. Saturday I found countless beer cans. I hiked down one steep canyon and found a pepsi can and an old grape soda can. I figure no one had been down there in years. They probably just threw the can down the hill. Lazy good-for-nothings I say.
     
  13. Mosseman

    Mosseman Grants Pass Oregon New Member

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    Ya I here you. Drives me nuts. You have to get 20 miles out to get away from all the local trash. Bring out what you bring in.
     
  14. G17

    G17 OR New Member

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    I agree wholeheartedly! went camping on BLM Land a few years ago, and multiple groups moved in on our camping area. They created one huge fire pit, and when they left, it was still smoldering (for 2 days, but we watched after it and even covered it with dirt before we left). They also left a bunch of trash, which we picked up and brought back to Portland. My hunting partner went back to the same spot a few weeks later for Elk season, and had the exact same problems with other groups. ugh!
     
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    Noah Vale PDX New Member

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