Hey there. I'm pretty inexperienced with guns. I've shot maybe 100 rounds in my life, and only with a .22 and a .38...and I'm not originally from this area. I currently live in the Sandy/Eagle Creek area and would LOVE to find a nearby, safe and sane place to shoot for cheap or for free. The douglas ridge rifle range is near my house, but it seems too expensive. I'd prefer just an old gravel pit or mine pit out in the woods where hopefully not too many lurkers or drunkards will be crowding me out. Also...since I'm being honest and putting it all out there...I've bought a shotgun almost a year ago and I'm embarassed to admit that I've never even fired it once because I don't know where to go and even though I do have some property out here, I don't feel it is 100% safe to shoot on my property. This is probably a dumb question, but if you go out shooting with a shotgun how is it different from shooting with a .22 or a .38? Other than the obvious fact that it will be louder and more powerful. But what I mean is from a preparedness standpoint...you just go, and set up some targets, and try and hit them and then clean up your shells, right? I know ear protection is necessary...will foam earplugs be enough or do I need those noise cancelling headphone things? What about eye protection? Can I just wear some cheap sunglasses? Are there any weird Oregon laws about shooting on public lands? As long as you are safe and clean up after yourself it should be OK, right? I'm from Idaho where it's pretty lax. Thanks for any insights and sorry if my questions are lame!