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Stray bullet hits a camper. Watch where you shoot!

Discussion in 'Outdoor Shooting Areas' started by Cogs, Jul 13, 2015.

  1. Cogs

    Cogs Washougal, WA. Volunteer Coordinator Staff Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Not only watch where you shoot, but check the rules for the area you're shooting in. Most Nat Forest land is open for shooting, however, some areas of the forest are closed for one reason or another. Places like near campgrounds, trails, roadways and water areas may not say closed but are included in the rules as no shooting areas.

    We don't want anything like this to happen!

    Man killed by errant bullet in Pike National Forest highlights growing problem

    http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_2...al-forest-shooting-highlights-growing-problem
     
  2. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    That's not good at all. They say 150 yrds from camps but common sense might tell you further.

    It is unlawful to discharge a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun or other implement capable of taking human life, causing injury, or damaging property as follows:
    1. In or within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site or occupied area,
    2. Across or on roads or bodies of water, or where people or property are exposed to injury or damage,
    3. Into a cave.
     
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  3. Cogs

    Cogs Washougal, WA. Volunteer Coordinator Staff Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Ya. Where did they come up with only 150 yards? Not much common sense used when they made that rule!
     
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  4. Joe13

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

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    Is it hippy season already?:s0003:


    :s0111:

    Watch your backstops people...
     
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  5. Cogs

    Cogs Washougal, WA. Volunteer Coordinator Staff Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    This brings up a strong point about why our NWFA Target Shooter Information Program is such an important program to do. Communicate to shooters. It seems the biggest problem in the forest is that people don't realize what they could potentially do. Once they aware of rules, know where to shoot, what to shoot at and what cautions to look for, most will adhere.

    You'd be amazed at the folks we meet who don't know anything about shooting in the forest and are surprised when they hear of these rules and cautions. They are quite grateful for the information. People just don't plan ahead enough to look up the area, learn what to do and think about what not to do. That's where we end up with trouble that leads to more closures.

    It's a never ending battle. But at least we're trying. We could use some help and would be glad to have you on board!
     
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  6. Ed Guinn

    Ed Guinn Happy Valley oregon Active Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    http://www.9news.com/story/news/loc...s-cracking-down-on-illegal-shooting/29894993/
    This one tells about USFS education and compliance efforts, as well as unlawful and dangerous practices beyond the tragic incident.
    The cooperative USFS and NWFA Target Shooters Information Program fits the USFS mission about education and compliance - and is already underway in partnership with local LEO's and merchants.
    We need YOU too.:D
     
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  7. Blowgunner

    Blowgunner Tanasbourne Active Member

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    There's too many bozo's in this world that negatively impact us unfortunately.
    All we can do is try our best to educate.
    I was hiking the Clackamas River trail a couple weeks ago with the family. An idiot decided it was a good idea to shoot across the river(from the highway side) at cable marking signs, not realizing he's shooting right into a hiking trail. I blew my sons "survival" whistle to get his attention, but still decided to just end the hike and go elsewhere, a few minutes later heard him shooting again.
     
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  8. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    I, Honestly was one of those yahoos back when I was young and stupid. Go out, get drunk and shoot. I was lucky nothing bad ever happened before I grew up and learned.
    Now I only shoot at the club although I do like shooting in the woods, just to many chances of something bad happening, even if your careful.
     
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  9. KayDee7

    KayDee7 The Origional Vancouver ! ! ! Member

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    Don't Forget Folk, the Discover Pass is needed when you poke around on the North bank of the Big Irrigation Ditch between Wa and Or ... 35 bucks well spent... and saves you from a big 3 digit ticket ...
     
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  10. usagi

    usagi Redmond Well-Known Member

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    you should have videoed/photographed/reported him.

    sometimes the only education they will understand is criminal prosecution.
     
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  11. Blowgunner

    Blowgunner Tanasbourne Active Member

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    I did call it in, when I got back to where I could get service. There's a lot more I wanted to do, but having the kid with me, I just wanted to get him out of harms way.
     
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  12. Kid@Heart

    Kid@Heart Vancouver, USA Cynic Lifetime Supporter Diamond Supporter

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    Into a cave? Seriously??
     
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    Martini_Up NW USA Well-Known Member

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    No kidding. Like I'm walking into a dark scary cave without dumping a mag or two before hand.

    :s0110:
     
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  14. BradC

    BradC Clackamas Active Member

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    Is this an Oregon law? Doesn't this mean you can't shoot a duck over a a body of water then, or are there exceptions for these things? That's kind of scary that you potentially couldn't even shoot an air rifle in your back yard with this law.
     
  15. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Those apply to National Forrest land.
     
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