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Private property shooting?

Discussion in 'Outdoor Shooting Areas' started by Stangler, Dec 30, 2015.

  1. Stangler

    Stangler Tualatin, or Member

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    So, lets say you have access to some land (family owned). You are free to shoot on it (160 acre with nothing but BLM land around it). You want to improve it for more shooting options (cut down some trees, plant some steel targets to leave there, create some pathways, etc...) but lacking the physical help from friends that aren't that into shooting. How would you go about getting help to create an ideal shooting/camping private spot that is gated and all yours?


    Nate
     
  2. Garg

    Garg east of portland metro Hold my beer..... watch this Bronze Supporter

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    Bulldozer?
     
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  3. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Location? I'd be willing to help if I can shoot there.
     
  4. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    This ^^

    Or a tracked skidsteer with bucket or dozer blade.

    I've spent a lot of hours clearing brush on my property and unless the land is already really close to what you need it to be, then you are going to want to use power equipment - the kind that comes on a trailer.

    I started with this:

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    Loggers came in and thinned and while they were at it, they removed a LOT of brush.

    Then I had to do a LOT of this:

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    and this:

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    and I used a dozer to do stuff like this:

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    and then had to do this:

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    then this summer I did a lot of this:

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    Mowing with a two wheeled tractor/flail mower.

    It is a LOT of work - for me anyway.

    But a lot depends on how much brush you have and whether you have a hill to shoot into.

    If you don't have a hill or embankment/etc. in a convenient place, then you will need a dozer or skidsteer to make a backstop, and even if you have a hill/embankment, you probably want to cut into it.

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  5. B5Ben

    B5Ben Boise Well-Known Member

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    Recruit people that are into it and it will get done lots faster ;)
     
  6. Garg

    Garg east of portland metro Hold my beer..... watch this Bronze Supporter

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    Yup, heavy equipment, like the kind that come on lo boys. :)
     
  7. Stangler

    Stangler Tualatin, or Member

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    It's kind of the direction I was going. I'm gonna head out there and see if I can get any line of sight. It is pretty thick in areas, and the road runs right through the middle. Hills on either side, so you could shoot from one side to the other (300-1000 yard if you can get line of sight removing some trees) It's a fun place, been in the family since the 30's, but they have it for the timber. Not much else.

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  8. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I wish I had your problems:rolleyes:, looks like a great area.
     
  9. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Keep us posted, I'd be up for donating a weekend or two over the summer... provided your not 8-hrs away from my location.
     
  10. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Looks like a giant cedar, yeah?
     
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  11. BaggerRyder

    BaggerRyder The Couv Active Member

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    Sounds like a work party...
    Part of me says if you hunt, and there are critters running around and the family isn't against hunting, leave it as your own little private hunting oasis.
     
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  12. Stangler

    Stangler Tualatin, or Member

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    I'm looking for less impact on the area, but more shooting options. I guess I just need less lazy friends... LMAO.

    That tree isn't as big as it looks, and its pretty rotten I believe.

    I see coyote or cougar bubblegum in the road almost every time I go down there.

    The area is just a few miles southwest of Corvallis Or
     
  13. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Nice area.

    If it is out towards Kings Valley probably even nicer - I used to hunt out by Peedee. West of Corvallis is an area I could retire to if my kids didn't live up here.
     
  14. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Before you go cutting an bulldozing first take a length of string and see how long of straight line you can find through the trees. A bullet only needs a few inches to travel through. At my dads place when we were kids we used to have a 100 yard range that at one point passed between to 50 year old Doug fir trees that were only a couple inches apart along the bullet path (like 9 ft apart in reality) and we enjoyed shooting through the trees as much or more then across open ground.
     
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  15. NWGlockgal

    NWGlockgal Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Invite all the members from NWFA and reward them with a day of shooting after it's finished.
     
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  16. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Invite all the members from NWFA and reward them with a year of shooting after it's finished.:D
     
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  17. Stangler

    Stangler Tualatin, or Member

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    I'd love to invite some people along to lend a hand, just need to figure out how to go about it. Trust is hard to come by these days, and at this point, I don't know any of you (you don't know me either).

    Me- Father of 3 great kids (15, 7, and 4) loving husband of 10 years, Lived in Oregon for 35 years of my life (my wife is an 8th generation Oregon resident)

    I work in the high tech field, traveling the country working on high power laser systems.
    My work history is 7 years, 3 years, 8 years, and 2 years at the current job.
    My hobbies include guns, long distance shooting, more accuracy shooting than bumpfire crap. I'm also into cars, fast cars. I have a 88' 5.0 Mustang that is getting a facelift. It should be around 1000rwhp when I get it fired up. 408ci with a turbo.

    Tell me a little about yourself? Who are you, what are your life goals?

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  18. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    Gotta love that the Pony has the distributor in the right place!!!!
    Fords are my life long vehicle choice, if ya treat em right they will last a lifetime.

    Your ideals are in the right place, keep it simple to stay in the graces of the land owners.
    Good luck!!!;)
     
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  19. Stangler

    Stangler Tualatin, or Member

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    It's a fun project. I've owned it since 2000, and brought my son home from the hospital in it. Lots of time and effort.

    I've rounded up a few people for this Sunday at the homestead, will post pics of what we accomplish. Mostly friends and family.
     
  20. Stangler

    Stangler Tualatin, or Member

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    Well, finely got a couple of my friends off their asses and made it out there. We found a real nice spot to shoot from hill to hill, but will need a few more trees dropped. We dropped 4 while we were there, but ran out of gas in the saw. One of the trees was about 18" in diameter, and about 100 ft tall. Came down hard!

    Should be a good spot for ~300 yard shot. I'm hoping we will end up with 3-5 spots, all shooting at the same gongs, but at distances of 300-800 yards. More to come with pictures.