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Stevenson Range

Discussion in 'Outdoor Shooting Areas' started by billyinfinity, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. billyinfinity

    billyinfinity Portland All pie, all the time. 2015 Volunteer

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    FYI..Went out to the Stevenson Range today. Big yellow diamond street signs are posted along the dirt road out to it, "Gun Range Closed August 1st" :(

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  2. Flyingswords

    Flyingswords Texas Active Member

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    As in permanently closed or temp for some kind of operation?
     
  3. hatchj

    hatchj Milwaukie, OR Member

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    that would make me think until august 1st. But I could be wrong. Hopefully it's not permanent. It was very dirty up there last time I went though..
     
  4. DinhRose

    DinhRose Austin, Texas (Ex-Pat of SE PDX) Active Member

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    That range is maintained by a group in stevenson. I've met the members before but the orginization's name is not coming to me. I think it will be closed from August 1st and on. I am surprised to see no bullet holes in the sign though. It always baffled me why people would shoot up street signs leading to the range. Don't they understand that's how locations get shut down?!?!
     
  5. billyinfinity

    billyinfinity Portland All pie, all the time. 2015 Volunteer

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    I discussed the closure in another thread but can't remember which one. This was the first time I had seen the signs posted so I thought I would let everyone know. I have previously spoken to the President of the gun club in Stevenson you are referring to (Cascade Sportsmen's Club). He told me that the DNR was closing it down for a salamander study and a timber sale in the area but that the trash had a bit to do with the decision. They had indicated that they had until the second week of August to get the shooting benches removed and such but, looking at the sign, it would seem the DNR moved it up from the second week to the 1st. Just don't want anyone to waste a trip out in a couple of weeks when that spot is gone. It's a shame, as it was a favorite, but it is what it is..
     
  6. cityrice

    cityrice vancouver wa Active Member

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    Also sad to see this place shutdown.
    I was up there last weekend and also saw the signs, Kinda amazing how the sign has no bullet holes as of yet.
    I also mentioned the signs on the thread about the appleseed event for Aug. 4-5.
     
  7. Widerstand

    Widerstand Portland rebmeM roineS

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    I was just out there and saw the sign, are there any other area near by?
     
  8. darkminstrel

    darkminstrel PDX Well-Known Member

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    That's terrible! I thought that was the cleanest, nicest, most well planned shooting spot around here. I can't believe it's a permanent closure now.
     
  9. sandman1212

    sandman1212 NW Oregon Active Member

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    Unfortunately I was up there just before coming to Annual Training with my guard unit. It is permanently. I spoke with one of the club members that did the upkeep, he stated the "friends of the Columbia River Gorge", BLM and owners of the property, one of the lumber companies. He said that they were going to be starting some studies on some of the wildlife...HMMMM I wonder how the wildlife likes the ATV's?!?
     
  10. duane black

    duane black Washington Well-Known Member

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    I'm very new to the area, this was my first shooting related stop...

    I was so happy to have found this place, horrible news. I guess that leaves English Pit for me. :huh:
     
  11. Wolfcry

    Wolfcry Washougal New Member

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    Was out there earlier this week, the signs have been changed, it says August 6th now rather than the first, still sad to see it closing permanently. Guess they gave the club more time to pack everything up. :(

    Time for off road adventures to find a new spot...
     
  12. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    The reason they changed the date was for the upcoming Applessed Shoot on August 4th - 5th. Appleseed will have full use of the range on both days, so don't get your hopes up if you were planning on shooting there this weekend.
     
  13. PuddleMonkey

    PuddleMonkey Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I was up there last weekend, someone finally got around to showing their trashiness. 67i4v7.jpg
     
  14. motohead185

    motohead185 Portland, OR Member

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    Well that is too bad that they are closing down such a wonderful free range.
     
  15. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    I was up there on 8/4 for the Appleseed event. As I stated in another thread, the place looked like a damned landfill, and it's no wonder Skamania County closed it down.
     
  16. gonzo1082

    gonzo1082 Damascus, OR Member

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    Didn't bother to look for threads on places to shoot and took the trip out there today. Sign still says closed but gate is wide open. Sad to see this place closed down. Went up the rocky hill and saw a bunch of spent shotgun shells which didn't look too rusty. Apparently people are still using this place "unofficially". I'm really sad as this is the first place I shot an AR.
     
  17. gonzo1082

    gonzo1082 Damascus, OR Member

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    Anyone been here lately? I miss this place.
     
  18. spectra

    spectra The Couve Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    I saw they had a Appleseed event up there a month or so ago and it looked real nice from what everyone stated. It is now a private area I think from what I read. There were some pics and a article somewhere on the board but I can not find them.
     
  19. Will_Power

    Will_Power OR via OK Active Member

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    So, does no one use the old quarry next door for target practice instead?
     
  20. gonzo1082

    gonzo1082 Damascus, OR Member

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    I've seen people use it, but that's when the range was open.