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Looking for places to shoot near St. Helens / Scappoose

Discussion in 'Outdoor Shooting Areas' started by Talin, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. Talin

    Talin Hwy 30 Active Member

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    Been living here for a few years but I normally go with friends/family that live on the other side of Portland to other locations, was wondering if anyone knows some good spots on my side.
     
  2. Stewage

    Stewage Saint Helens, OR New Member

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    I belong to the Rainier Rod and Gun club, but I hear there are some places to shoot up Pittsburg Road in St. Helens. I will ask my neighbor, thats were he shoots..
     
  3. 1990Turbo

    1990Turbo St.Helens Active Member

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    I do most of my shooting up above St.Helens I cant really tell you how to get there by road names i just know where i wanna go. Just get a GPS and go for a sunday drive and look around there is plenty of spots up there just gotta find one you like. As I said take a gps so you dont get lost its not hard to do up there.
     
  4. CAMc

    CAMc Columbia County, OR Member

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    I wish I knew, I live in the north end of St. Helens, and I always hear quite a bit of shooting being done in the direction of the quarry, it sounds like there is a range, but I have searched and I can never find anything, maybe it is the police range.
    There are many roads up in the hills that end on gated logging roads, but I have never gone shooting up there, it is hard to say, sometimes, if you are on publically owned forest, or someone's property.
     
  5. 1990Turbo

    1990Turbo St.Helens Active Member

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    Go up Pittsburg road far enough it turns to gravel and just start exploring you will find spots but like i said before a GPS to get you back home is not a bad idea. One of my good buddies lives in St. Helens and has his whole life and knows those woods very well i usually follow him to places so i really cant say how to find them.
     
  6. CAMc

    CAMc Columbia County, OR Member

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    Thanks, I have lived here for ten years, and before that, Scappoose, and I can say you are correct, there are a labyrinth of roads up in the hills. I once asked a local police officer where I could safely go shooting, but he wasn't very receptive, his answer was a blunt "I don't know." It was probably a liability thing.
     
  7. 1990Turbo

    1990Turbo St.Helens Active Member

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    The place i usually go is up the scapp-vern rd like 7 miles or so then take a right on a road then a left on another then out to the woods i never have paid attention to the road names i just know where to turn.
     
  8. SmawGunner

    SmawGunner portland metro Active Member

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    If your shooting around Scappoose area then you better watch out for what the locals call the "woods cop". He is a state cop and will write you a ticket if you go off the main logging roads. Also the entire area has signs posted by Longview Longfibre timber company saying specifically "no target practicing". I had a close call up there and I've never been back. Just too risky. Plus theres alot of private property up there so you always have to worry about that safety rule of knowing whats beyond your target. Your taking some big chances if you go up there.
     
  9. 1990Turbo

    1990Turbo St.Helens Active Member

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    The only guy I have ever run into up there was a forrest patrol i think was his title and he was just checking to see we werent going to leave a bunch of garbage up there.
     
  10. Will_Power

    Will_Power OR via OK Active Member

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    Heh. That's generally how it works with my shooting spots. Heaven help me if I have to tell anybody actual road names or mileage.
     
  11. Two Dogz

    Two Dogz Hillsboro, Oregon Member

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    When I lived in Scappoose I was a member of the Clatskanie gun club. Great place to go shooting in my opinion.
     
  12. 1990Turbo

    1990Turbo St.Helens Active Member

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    We went to our spot Saturday and was shocked to see every gate we passed was open. Usually they are all closed. The spot i use doesent have a gate but its a very short dead end road so no need to gate i guess.