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Discussion in 'Outdoor Shooting Areas' started by smn1988, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. smn1988

    smn1988 New Member

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    Hi everyone, so I live in south Salem and I'm curious what are the rules as for shooting guns. Like can I go in the woods. I've heard of snow peak but no one knows what I'm talking about. I much rather shoot outdoors and free lol. Just hoping for something closer than mill city. Thank you
  2. ocarolan

    ocarolan Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Generally, target shooting is allowed on:

    National Forest and Grasslands (USFS)
    National Wilderness
    BLM-administered land
    State Forestland

    It is not allowed at National Parks, many State Parks or beaches. Note exploding targets (Tannerite) are prohibited in Oregon and Washington on USFS land.

    All federal land has regulations imposed in 36 CFR 26 part A. This states you cannot discharge a firearm or bow as follows:

    (1) In or within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site, or occupied area
    (2) Across or on a NF road or a body of water adjacent thereto, or in any manner or place whereby any person or property is exposed to injury
    (3) Into or within any cave.
    (4) Using tracer or incendiary ammunition.

    Note per a 2006 memorandum, roads are not considered inherently occupied areas for 261.10(d)(1).

    Additionally, most USFS and ODF land has more regulations beyond 36 CFR 26A. For example, these rules were recently posted for the Mt. Hood National Forest:

    1. No person shall place targets on trees or shoot trees for any purpose.
    2. No person shall shoot across, from or along any road, trail or body of water.
    3. No person shall shoot carelessly, recklessly, or without regard for the safety of any person, or in a manner that endangers, or is likely to endanger, any person or property.
    4. Persons engaged in target shooting shall remove from National Forest System land all shell casings, targets, and other debris resulting from their use.
    5. Persons engaged in target shooting shall utilize an appropriately sized, natural backstop.
    6. No person shall shoot targets other than those commercially manufactured for the specific purpose of target shooting, except for paper targets privately manufactured by the person or people engaging in target shooting.
    7. No person shall shoot glass of any kind, appliances, furniture, vehicles or other debris determined to be garbage or refuse by an enforcing officer.
    8. No person shall engage in shooting while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
    9. Target shooting and other shooting related activity will be prohibited from one half hour after sunset to one half hour before sunrise."

    Cremator75 and Cogs like this.
  3. user

    user Corvallis, OR Member

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    PM me, I'll even take you shooting I know a few places:)