View Full Version : Places to Shoot

12-30-2008, 12:11 AM
Hi all. New member here, but I've been reading the forum for a while. I'm based in Sonoma County, with many many anti-gunners. But I suppose the area has its perks.

So, my question! I've been shooting at a local outdoor range (Circle S Ranch in Petaluma). I really like it there, but they're closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, which are two of my days off that I like to go shooting. I've searched around for other places to shoot my 10/22, and my Glock. In my searching, I found a little note that says the use of firearms is generally permitted in National Forest and on BLM wilderness lands, as long as its done safely and whatnot. Could anyone clarify this? I've checked their websites and could find information about hunting, but not recreational shooting and plinking. Any direction would be very much appreciated!

12-30-2008, 4:06 PM
I've been regularly shooting about a year now and this has been one of my questions also. I suspect that many off range shooters are a little jealous of sharing their favorite shooting spots. Some shooters have made a big mess in some great places and leave without any thought to cleaning it up, screwing it up for the next folks. So when someone finds a great spot for shooting out in the National Forest they are reluctant to share it casually.

I've been told that some BLM offices suggest good places to shoot and some don't. You just have to ask. And you just have to drive around on a lot of dirt roads and find a spot yourself. The National Forest Service web site will sell you some pretty good maps.

Good Luck.

Tell me when you find a great spot.


12-30-2008, 8:32 PM
Welcome to the forum. There are few places to shot in Sonoma Co. The best way is to find someone with some land. There is a range in Duncans Mills but it maybe closed in the winter (Russian River Sportsmens Club (http://www.sonomashooting.org:443/cgi-bin/redirect.sh?www.russianriversportsmensclub.com/)). It is flooded during the rainy season.

Check these places out.

Hope this helps


12-30-2008, 8:55 PM
I like seeing more and more people pop in here from sonoma county :thumbsup:

12-30-2008, 9:25 PM
Cow Mountian, about 2 hours north of you.

12-31-2008, 12:49 AM
Buy me ammo? :)My house or next door neighbors (buy him and I ammo) :)

01-02-2009, 6:43 PM
I ended up trying cow mountain. It was nice. I was initially reluctant to go there during the rainy season because I don't have a 4 wheel drive, but it worked out. There was another group shooting fairly close to the entrance because the road was too muddy to allow going much farther. But I'll most definitely be searching for some other stuff in the area, a little closer hopefully! :)