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Firearm use in Tahuya Forest

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Ranb, May 14, 2016.

  1. Ranb

    Ranb Belfair, WA Active Member

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    http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/local...ba-8e57-7aac-e053-0100007fa9b0-379257501.html

    If you want your voice heard, please go to the North Mason High School, 150 North Mason School Road in Belfair, Tuesday 6:30pm. I think this is an excellent opportunity to be heard and let the DNR know we can shoot safely in the forest. I hope that the DNR would allow Mason County or another group (such as a gun club) build and run a rifle range in the forest for the benefit of shooters throughout Mason County and other areas.

    I prefer to shoot at an established shooting area instead of out in the woods.

    Randy
     
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    Ranb Belfair, WA Active Member

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    I just got back from the Mason County meeting. There were about 75 people present. After an initial presentation by a DNR representative who stated that they were most likely going to set aside some part of Tahuya Forest for shooting (not a 1000 yard range, most likely 200-300 yards only) we broke up into three groups to discuss questions they had written on an easel.

    My group had twenty people, only three of which were completely opposed to any shooting in the forest. They all lived on Hurd Road. I ride my ATV in Tahuya 2-3 times a month and have never encountered a shooter although I've seen broken clays and shot shell hulls at times, but I'm usually riding between the Sand Pit and Elfendahl areas.

    Some of the shooters just want an uncontrolled pit or berm into which they can shoot pistols while others (like myself) want a longer range with covered shooting positions. I'll be very happy to just have a tall berm to shoot into 200 yards away from a place I can lay down a shooting mat.

    The DNR is open to bringing in a club to run a range on DNR land as there will need to be some sort of maintenance and cleanup that is beyond the capability of the DNR to provide. It would be nice to have a volunteer on duty to ensure that someone who has never used a range before does not become a hazard to other shooters. I think at first any range established will be uncontrolled. Access to the range would require the usual $30/year pass.

    I did not hear any indication that the DNR was looking to prohibit shooting in the entire Tahuya Forest. I think there will be some more "No Shooting" signs going up in some places though. They also said it would take about 2 years to establish a dedicated shooting area.

    There are more meetings in the future. Each begins at 6:30 pm.

    Tuesday, May 31 at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA 98661
    Wednesday, June 1 at the Burlington-Edison High School Cafeteria, 301 N. Burlington Blvd., Burlington, WA 98233
    Thursday, June 2 at The Evergreen State College Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, 2800 Dogtooth Lane NW, Olympia, WA 98505



    Randy