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Capitol Forest closed?

Discussion in 'Outdoor Shooting Areas' started by timac, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. timac

    timac Loading Magazines! Well-Known Member

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    A friend was up there today, signs posted no shooting for 5 miles. Anyone know what is going on up at Capitol Forest?
    The lower pit is still open, everthing else seems shut down.
     
  2. crazysccrmd

    crazysccrmd Parkland Member

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    Are they official DNR signs? If not I can easily see an annoyed local resident doing that to try to stop people from shooting. Give them a call about it on Monday and ask for sure. Contact info is Brian Poehlein, Pacific Cascade Region, Public Use District Manager Washington State Department of Natural Resources 360-577-2025.
     
  3. timac

    timac Loading Magazines! Well-Known Member

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    I don't know, a friend told me of the signs the day I made the post. He did say the signs have RCW codes on them though.

    I'll give Brian a call on this, thanks.

    I also found on the internet, Friends of Capitol Forest. This group of Bike riders cleaned up the forest supposedly. Seems they can do what ever they want, include designate no shooting areas wih BLM approval.
     
  4. Spikele

    Spikele Bellevue Member

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    Timac, Any update?
     
  5. swellrider

    swellrider Dallas Or Member

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    Yes there is no target shooting allowed on Forest Capitol`s land, they have signs posted everywhere. All the signs are stated forest capitol write on them.
     
  6. not nipsy

    not nipsy Olympia, WA Member

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    Yes, they are legit DNR signs. They are posted along the "C" line road all the way to the top. However, the lower and upper pits are still open. They've posted signs in places that, according to the rules, are off limits to shooting anyway. I checked with a DNR law enforcement officer on Sunday AM (he was checking on my Discovery pass), and he confirmed this. Also - as a side note, any trash you haul out of the pits can be left alongside the gate at the pit to the Waddell Y. DNR will haul it off.
     
  7. nubus

    nubus Guest

    I not only am an avid shooting supporter, but have also been shot at in Capitol Forest while mountain bike riding. Now they were not aiming at me, they were idiots shooting off a landing above a trail system. The Friends of Capitol Forest (FOCF) are not anti-gun, just anti-getting shot on public land. People seem to think it's cool to pull up to any landing or overlook and start launching rounds into the forest. There are horse, bike and quad trails all over that mountain. Knowing your backstop means, well knowing your backstop, not just shooting into the woods! On more than one occasion I've driven up and seen random dudes parked at the top of a clearcut dumping mags out of their AKs or ARs not knowing what is at the bottom of that clearcut. Please use some common sense in Capitol Forest, I might just shoot back next time!
     
  8. skydiver

    skydiver Sandy,OR Well-Known Member

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    How about all the cool targets they bring up with them (and leave) like TV's, furniture, and plastic bottles?
     
  9. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    How about Rock Candy Mountain?
     
  10. audi goodness

    audi goodness Seattle Member

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    Hey guys. New member here.

    So I'm curious.. is Rock Candy Mountain closed for shooting? I was just up there in March and didn't notice any signs.
     
  11. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    i am even more curious. where is Rock Candy Mountain
     
  12. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone ever been shot by target shooters in the Capitol forest? Rock Candy Mountain is off HWY 8
     
  13. hillbillygoat

    hillbillygoat Dallas Member

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    Are you guys talking about Forest Capital property in western Oregon?
     
  14. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Capitol forest is West and NW of Olympia, WA State
     
  15. tonemonkey

    tonemonkey Puyallup New Member

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    Are there areas in Capitol Forest that are still open for shooting?
     
  16. wsu 5.9er

    wsu 5.9er Spanaway WA Member

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    Yes. Some areas were closed but there are several pits still open there.
     
  17. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I have yet to see a closed area.. just be sure of your backdrop, people
     
  18. wsu 5.9er

    wsu 5.9er Spanaway WA Member

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    There are a lot of NO SHOOTING signs in Capital Forest now and I have heard of DNR handing out tickets for those who are not obeying those signs.
     
  19. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Must be very recent. Fortunately I have access to a private range zone