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Looking for Good Target resources BLM.

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by DuneHopper, Sep 23, 2015.

  1. DuneHopper

    DuneHopper Douglas County. Well-Known Member

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    We have two places we go in my area in the BLM, why I have lived here along time people are peculiar about sharing their favorite target shooting spots out in BLM, I posted on here a few months ago and got no response so thought ok maybe I will just got pop around BLM in the 4x and try and find some good spots.
    Which brings me to the question what is a good BLM resource to try and find good shooting spots.
    I have tried asking hunting groups as well and no help either.

    If anyone is wondering we have property to shoot on and BLM is less then a mile away. But its also a very common places for off road use and was looking for something with not so much foot traffic. I am in Douglas County so trying to think of a good starting point to look around or find good clear BLM maps or maybe even places people know of.

    Thanks
     
  2. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Shooting spots are a lot like hunting spots.
    The less who know the better. Plus some don't have good manners at these spots and some just shouldn't have guns!
    So you kinda need to get to know folks real well before they give up their favorite spots.
    And I doubt the BLM even wants you to have guns, so good luck with any government agency on shooting areas
     
  3. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I get on google maps . Find BLM land and switch the view to satellite. You can see the open areas etc that might be good for shootin. Get directions or GPS data, print out the map and go look around in the truck. Of course take some garbage bags with ya.:D

    A mouse is faster than a pickup.
     
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  4. DuneHopper

    DuneHopper Douglas County. Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely we have a rule, we take away more then we came with :)
    Thanks guys, I have lived here over 20 year and know allot of people but dang people are as you said tight lipped.
     
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    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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  8. DuneHopper

    DuneHopper Douglas County. Well-Known Member

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    Thanks great resources :)
     
  9. DuneHopper

    DuneHopper Douglas County. Well-Known Member

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    Still looking havnt really found much in the way of BLM access. In Douglas County anyone have any good practice shooting areas. You can PM too so not to publicize it >?
     
  10. Koda

    Koda Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    check out www.hillmap.com

    you can switch between google maps, usgs topo maps and satellite/aireal vews
     
  11. DuneHopper

    DuneHopper Douglas County. Well-Known Member

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    Sweet .......this was what I was looking for it shows county and blm roads perfect.
    Thank You Koda exactly what I needed . I knew some areas but this gives me other areas I didnt know about.

    :s0004::s0115:
     
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  12. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    Awesome! Thanks Koda.
     
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  13. Koda

    Koda Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    the cal-topo layers are what I use most, they will show all the blm roads. they use USGS maps as their base


    hillmap has a cool layer feature, you can overlay satellite imagery over the map layer and adjust its transparency. this lets you see where all the clearcuts are in relation to the roads, terrain etc.

    printing from hillmap is glitchy, I always print a screenshot...

    have fun
     
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  14. DuneHopper

    DuneHopper Douglas County. Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the tips, I already marked a couple that oddly just a few jumps from my normal spots. :) Later in the week will go 4x up and check it out .
     
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  15. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I would try asking the local forestry service, but with all the wildfires they may not like the idea. Best thing I would suggest is look at your area and google maps and look at the topograpic maps.
    Always a good idea to have a back stop in utv, dirtbike areas.
     
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  16. Oathkeeper1775

    Oathkeeper1775 Coast Range Well-Known Member

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    Awesome link, thanks!
     
  17. Koda

    Koda Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    here is an example of layering maps over each other, I selected Satellite view as the base map then selected Caltopo USGS topo map as the layer with .5 opacity...

    What we need to safely target shoot is an open space (such as a clear-cut) and a backstop (uphill topography).

    http://www.hillmap.com/m/ag1zfmhpbGxtYXAtaGRychULEghTYXZlZE1hcBiAgICQisTrCAw

    Dunehopper this is in Douglas co. near the S. Umpqua river. It looks like this spot is on National Forest lands but IDK... at the end of a 4wd road is marker 2817x, im not saying its safe to shoot there but sharing an example...

    (PS there are occasionally bugs in Hillmap and sometimes links to maps with layers dont always work correctly...)