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Salem Area: Input before i waste another trip

Discussion in 'Outdoor Shooting Areas' started by gtivan, May 12, 2009.

  1. gtivan

    gtivan Salem Member

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    Finding out this spring all my old places are now gone. So far 2 weekends wasted looking for places to shoot. Equestrian area off Silver creek falls is closed and so are the back roads behind Mehama. Starting to consider 4 corners rod and gun, but i really like finding places to shoot by myself and friends without people using the same backstop.

    Going to go and get a BLM map and do some searching, but hoping for a place close by.

    Any news on the following areas and have you gone shooting there this year?
    -Falls City: It was okay years ago, but a lot of growers there in years past.
    -Gates Hill road. Heard of it, but never been. What is it like?
    -Scotts Mills. Supposed to be a place back in there. but how crowded does it get? Isn't that where the guy was shot by some idiots?

    Any other spots? Looking for something preferabbly less than 45 mintues from salem.

    Any input appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. uscsoldier

    uscsoldier Salem, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    you drive and I'll take you as my guest to ARPC:thumbup:

    shoot me a PM if your interested;)
     
  3. milwaukieman

    milwaukieman SE Portland Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I've gone shooting out the end of Crooked Finger Road out of Scotts Mills. You drive out past all the fields until the road turns to gravel and you're up on the ridge between the two creeks. There's at least a few spots back in there, one right off the main road. As far as someone getting shot up there, this is the first I've heard that. There has been some logging up there the past few years, and could have been more recently, so things could have changed.
     
  4. miles

    miles Shanghai, China New Member

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    My son and I used to go up Crooked Finger Road often. The last time he went up, the first pit off the main road ( less than a mile down the first high-use road to left after the road turns to gravel) had been bull-dozed over and closed to shooting.

    Of course, being in Shanghai it's hard to verify this kinda stuff, but I will be home for three weeks in June/July and hope to do a little shooting.

    Miles
     
  5. browntown

    browntown Salem, Oregon, United States Active Member

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    i was a member of four corners, then switched to arpc. Besides more facilities (including a working trap range), the drive isn't bad and it's cheaper I think.

    There are quite a few ARPC members here willing to take you out as a guest to see if you like it. You should try it. Shooting in the woods will often get you in trouble these days. If you begin to shoot regularly look at a club.
     
  6. gtivan

    gtivan Salem Member

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    The scott's mills death was 5-10 years ago. or even more. If i remeber right, it was a Russian out of Woodburn who was killed. he was sighting in a rifle for either elk or deer season. Shot for no reason. Course that i what i remember, and it was a long time ago.

    I used to belong to 4 corners as a kid for the Col Allison Jr Rifle club. (back in early 80's) Know a member who would take me out to look it over. Would definitley check into Albany also before signing up. Hear a lot of good things about ARPC, and they put on a good show 2x a year.

    Just my style of shooting doesn't lean towards clubs. I like a box of clays w/ shotguns. Then take out the revolvers and shoot some clays on the ground. Take some of the used shotgun shells and throw them out for some moving 22 targets. (picked up at end of shooting of course). Normally with only 1 or 2 friends. Very laid back.

    Also heard silver falls may be open up farther near Drakes Crossing.
     
  7. odiesplace97301

    odiesplace97301 silverton area Member

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    crooked finger rd after it turns to gravel 31/2 mi marker you'll see a sign that says landing pad. It's the only designated shooting area i know of in that area up there i know of. Its off limits to the atv guys.
     
  8. wayoutwest

    wayoutwest Polk County, Oregon Active Member

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    I would like to check out the club if the offer is open to anyone:)
     
  9. gtivan

    gtivan Salem Member

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    I see you are in Polk. Any news on Falls City? Is it open out there and safe?
     
  10. feedyourhead

    feedyourhead Salem New Member

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    Another area west of Salem is BLM land off Gooseneck Creek Road. Take 22 west. Just after Buell ( before Spirit Mountain) look for Gooseneck Creek road on your left. Take it about 4 miles. A BLM road will be on your left. Plenty of places to shoot.
     
  11. Silver Fox

    Silver Fox Puyallup, WA Well-Known Member

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    +1 more for Scotts Mills. There is also a nice gravel pit right off the road. Used to shoot my Buddy's Uzi there all the time back in the day.

    SF-
     
  12. odiesplace97301

    odiesplace97301 silverton area Member

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    :thumbup:The landing pad off crooked finger rd is a good place to shoot alot of the places lower down are closed to shooting, because of atv riding area. Dont know what your looking for but you can get about 250 yards at the landing pad
     
  13. anthony0perez

    anthony0perez Newberg New Member

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    Can someone please give a map location of the landing pad? Google maps GPS cords anything. Thanks
     
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  14. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    There was a guy who committed suicide not far from there. Some friends I drove up in the snow, found an abandoned car off the entrance end of the shooting area, poked around looked like it got stuck and someone tried to get it out, ut it was cold and no one around. We shot for a.few hours and called it in when we had cell service. Guy was a missing person so they sent a crew up there and found him dead out in the woods.

    I have shot up there and been the only people and also have run into 3-5 people, but I don't go on weekends.
     
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