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Don't be a pig

Discussion in 'Outdoor Shooting Areas' started by Just Jim, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    If you want to keep your outdoor shooting places then clean them after you use them. I don't know how many places have been shut down because people left their garbage in the area after shooting. If you wouldn't have the stuff in your own living room then pick it up and throw it away.

    jj:D
     
  2. Rix

    Rix Tacoma Active Member

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    Absolutely.
    especially shotgun shells.
    (and obviously targets)
     
  3. finch6013

    finch6013 Oregon City Active Member

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    I have seen a few shut down. One I frequent got shut down and then re-opened, and now people are trashing it again so its just a matter of time before it is gone for good. Always bring a trash bag and clean up your garb as well as others. It only takes a few minutes and make a big difference.
     
  4. Deavis

    Deavis Mid Willamette Valley Active Member

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    When non-shooters see that kind of mess - I wonder how supportive they will be in the polls.
     
  5. parsons_12b

    parsons_12b LaPine Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Down were I live we are getting areas closed down all the time and when I hear people piss and moan about it I ask them if they ever clean any of the mess up they always say it wasn't my mess:angry:. Then I want to choke them I don't care whos mess clean it up if you want to shoot.
     
  6. finch6013

    finch6013 Oregon City Active Member

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    Do you guys take the time to clean up brass? I always have been one to pick up shotshells, targets and whatever trash is there, but I dont really put out the effort to pick up 500 .22 and other things I shoot. But sometimes I try and have my emties eject into the trunk of my car.
     
  7. NWMoss

    NWMoss Lost, permanently... Member

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    Maybe after we've met sometime we can ALSO get a member with a trailer and go pick up garbage at one of these sites. I would be up for that.
     
  8. JennyC

    JennyC Portland, Oregon Member

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    Joey and I were talking about setting up a Northwest Firearms shoot and clean up when it gets into the warmer months...

    I think it would be really nice to clean up some of the local areas :)
     
  9. CaseyPod

    CaseyPod North Vancouver Member

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    JennyC - I am in for a shoot and clean! I was up at Larch Mountain today testing out my newly acquired .308 and of course plinking with my .22 (I collect all my brass by laying out a large tarp and gathering it all up.

    I picked up people's junk today, but I could see much more out there. It is a big job- but I think we could earn ourselves a good rep with the environmental crowd in the Vancouver/ Portland area if we advertise the fact that we have a shoot and clean session every few weeks to clean the local shooting areas!

    Excellent Idea!
     
  10. ZeroRing

    ZeroRing 26th District, WA Active Member

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    I typically pick up all of my centerfire brass for reloading and any shotgun shells just because they're so obvious but I don't generally go to the extra effort to pick up the rimfire stuff. :eek:

    MY excuse is that it's too small to notice and there is usually too darn much of it!! :p

    Though I suppose a rake and shovel would make quick work of even that little stuff.

    The "other" garbage though... absolutely!! :thumbup:
     
  11. finch6013

    finch6013 Oregon City Active Member

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    sounds like a plan to me. Now if it would just start to warm up
     
  12. Sawdust

    Sawdust Bull Mountain(Tigard), OR Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    I've got the trailer! I was actually considering doing this over at Brown's Camp but then the gravel maker's showed up. :)
    My rule has always been to take home MORE trash than I brought.
     
  13. ZeroRing

    ZeroRing 26th District, WA Active Member

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    Good rule! :thumbup:
     
  14. pr787lv

    pr787lv somewhere in the NW Member

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    I usually bring a 55gal plastic bag to pick up after myself and those before me. My apologies for not picking rimfire. And sometimes I am too tired to pick up steel cases. But I am getting better at it.

    Browns Camp pit may never re-open 'cause we did things even pigs would not do. So, "Shoot-n-clean! Don't be a pig!" Would you wear a T-shirt with that slogan, or something like that?
     
  15. ZeroRing

    ZeroRing 26th District, WA Active Member

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    Sadly I think that's probably the biggest reason shooting spots get closed. It's not the noise or the gunfire because most places are far enough out for neither of those to be a big deal. But when the place is littered with trash and looks like the people who DO use it just don't care then why should the owner have to put up with that sort of disrespect?? :(
     
  16. Reco

    Reco Portland Oregon Active Member

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    Why dont we all make a plan to bring a few 30 gallon trash bags with your shoot and plan on doing some clean up regardless if its your trash. If you at least bag it its better then nothing Im sure on the way out theres some local trash dumpster you could drop it in. Better to Police your own and others stuff where you shoot then having the Police... Police you.
     
  17. bwells

    bwells Longview Member

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    I definately agree. One of the places I go to is a small rock pit that's at least a quarter mile from the nearest house. I know nobody could care about the noise. I mainly go to that pit for 22 and pistol shooting, and for shooting clays. Normally I don't worry about 22 brass, but try and collect as much of my 45 brass as I can find. I usually take a couple large garbage bags, and all the shotgun shells come home with me, as well as the smaller "targets" that people leave out there (G.I. Joes, naked Barbies, pots, pans, stereos, and beer cans). The larger stuff I leave, mainly because I don't have room in my car for TV's. I try and use the White Flyer bio clays, but since it's a gravel covered, well traveled pit, I don't worry too much about it. There's no way I'm going to clean up and pack out every broken piece of clay from a couple cases, but after a week they've been driven over enough times that they disappear.
     
  18. ZeroRing

    ZeroRing 26th District, WA Active Member

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    Good job!! :thumbup:

    Clays (and even brass for that matter) isn't really the main problem. The things that are most "noticable" are where the problems are. Things like the TV's, the stereos, the old "junk" that is used for targets, the shotgun shells, etc, those are the problem. I think if THOSE things were reduced nobody would really notice the "small" pieces.
     
  19. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    Seems like the longest winter I can remember. It would be nice to go to the range without shivering the rounds into a cluster and instead, shooting them into a group.

    Funny how folks don't take kindly to a hole-riddled washing machine on their property. No sense of adventure I guess.
     
  20. ZeroRing

    ZeroRing 26th District, WA Active Member

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    Yeah, it's fun while it lasts but then... it's just an eyesore. :confused: