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shmeare
02-07-2009, 8:52 PM
Hi guys! Need your help.

I wanted to find out what is the best/closest BLM shooting area near me. I'm in the bay area and I know there are some within a 2-3 hour drive from SF.

I tried using the search button here on calguns but couldn't narrow down to a specific places.

I believe there are two counties, Folsom and Hollister according the BLM website but I'm not sure what are the name of the places to go to. Around the hollister area I heard that panoche hills is a good place go, are there any others?

Thanks

Turbinator
02-07-2009, 8:56 PM
People are going to steer you to Panoche, but I want to make sure that if you go, you promise to help keep it clean! Deal?

Turby

mecam
02-07-2009, 10:10 PM
How far is panoche from the Bay Area?

EOD3
02-07-2009, 10:40 PM
Is this the place?

http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/hollister/panoche_tumeys.html

bugman
02-08-2009, 1:32 AM
OP, thanks for asking the question. This is great information. :thumbsup:

I am from Monterey, and this Hollister BLM area seems to be a good place to go shooting. Can anyone give more info about shooting/target practice in the area, especially those folks who actually go there for target practice? Maybe a map indicating good and safe spots. Things to watch out for or consider besides those listed in the BLM website?

shmeare
02-08-2009, 12:42 PM
People are going to steer you to Panoche, but I want to make sure that if you go, you promise to help keep it clean! Deal?

Turby

+1 i got a big mat so i can keep all of my shells and brass... plus some garbage bags for trash! i can't believe people leave stuff on the ground

shmeare
02-08-2009, 12:51 PM
beside from panoche hills do you have another suggestion?


People are going to steer you to Panoche, but I want to make sure that if you go, you promise to help keep it clean! Deal?

Turby

Sarkoon
02-08-2009, 5:22 PM
Check out Cow Mountain just east of Ukiah, as well as Knoxville Recreation Area north of Lake Berryessa.

mecam
02-08-2009, 6:11 PM
Check out Cow Mountain just east of Ukiah, as well as Knoxville Recreation Area north of Lake Berryessa.

Any GPS coordinates of the exact location? :)

Sarkoon
02-08-2009, 6:26 PM
North Cow Mountain has a free, public shooting area here:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=39.132607,-123.101673&spn=0.003558,0.004941&t=h&z=18

Here's a map of the area - http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/ca/pdf/pdfs/ukiah_pdfs.Par.f90b3bbd.File.dat/North_Cow_Mtn.pdf

I believe everything within the recreational area border is BLM land, so you're free to wander off away from other people and set up your own targets if you like.


There's a designated area in Knoxville Recreation Area for shooting here: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=38.814992,-122.349522&spn=0.003574,0.004941&t=h&z=18

Although just like Cow Mountain, you're free to wander off and do your shooting away from designated areas.

mecam
02-08-2009, 7:45 PM
Is the area pretty safe from getting shot from other shooters? Is everyone on the same page as far which direction is the firing line? I mean, I don't want to pick a spot and being the other end of other shooters.

North Cow Mountain has a free, public shooting area here:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=39.132607,-123.101673&spn=0.003558,0.004941&t=h&z=18

Here's a map of the area - http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/ca/pdf/pdfs/ukiah_pdfs.Par.f90b3bbd.File.dat/North_Cow_Mtn.pdf

I believe everything within the recreational area border is BLM land, so you're free to wander off away from other people and set up your own targets if you like.


There's a designated area in Knoxville Recreation Area for shooting here: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=38.814992,-122.349522&spn=0.003574,0.004941&t=h&z=18

Although just like Cow Mountain, you're free to wander off and do your shooting away from designated areas.

Sarkoon
02-08-2009, 7:48 PM
Yeah the range is actually pretty well organized and I haven't heard of anyone getting hurt there.

If you do want to go off on your own, simply start far away from everyone else. Hiking west from the Mayacamas campground or hiking down towards Goat Rock will pretty much guarantee you won't see other people around and can safely shoot without worrying.

Mr10
02-08-2009, 8:04 PM
Alot of good info.. Thanks guys! Been looking into shooting at a BLM soon..

Is there a Map with all the BLM location marked on it? I did a search be have no luck finding out. I'm sure it'll be handy for all of us. Anyone got the knowledge to make one up? Thanks again!

MrNiceGuy
02-08-2009, 11:14 PM
Might want to re-think Knoxville.
Per this link (http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/info/newsroom/2008/april/NCNews0841_Knoxville_shooting_closure.html), I interpret it to mean no more "plinking" at Knoxville anymore.
You might wanna call to confirm before making the trip out there.

shmeare
02-09-2009, 8:25 AM
This is a good start! Does anyone know how to start a google map? That all of us can add/edit BLM locations.

I think I've seen one on this site made with FFL locations!?!? I was thinking about creating something similar.

Alot of good info.. Thanks guys! Been looking into shooting at a BLM soon..

Is there a Map with all the BLM location marked on it? I did a search be have no luck finding out. I'm sure it'll be handy for all of us. Anyone got the knowledge to make one up? Thanks again!

nagorb
02-09-2009, 10:23 AM
I think this means we need to set up a calguns meet:43: I have been to cow mountain once but wouldn't drive my car up there again, not really a 2wd road, but would definitely be down to carpool or go to panoche where I have heard its 2wd safe.

Backcountry
02-09-2009, 10:45 AM
Geography FAIL.

Folsom and Hollister are not counties.

shmeare
02-09-2009, 11:43 AM
I agree!... lol...:D but the way BLM website has it listed made think they were... I wasn't sure if they were considered counties or not :confused: I guess is called their jurisdiction?

http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en.html

Geography FAIL.

Folsom and Hollister are not counties.

Backcountry
02-09-2009, 12:58 PM
BLM calls them "management districts", but I do agree that the BLM state map could be misleading to anyone not familiar with the fact that California has fifty-eight counties.

BLM gets a Geography FAIL too!

UBFRAGD
02-09-2009, 3:46 PM
I could've sworn that shooting at/near Knoxville was a $10000 felony??

Sarkoon
02-09-2009, 3:50 PM
I could've sworn that shooting at/near Knoxville was a $10000 felony??

It always amuses me when something completely legal one day turns into a $10,000 felony the next. I guess I must have missed when this happened, but I was shooting at Knoxville as recently as a few years ago and the park rangers we saw drove by without giving us any trouble at all.

If things are different now, that sure is a shame. I prefer cow mountain anyway, but it sucks to lose another place to shoot.

UBFRAGD
02-09-2009, 3:52 PM
"Burns said the BLM will continue working with county governments and other interests in attempts to find a site in or near the Knoxville Recreation Area that can accommodate safe target shooting."

Well if that doesn't sound like a truckload of .gov stinking manure. I could've set up a safe target shooting area in one week up there for the price of hauling up a small bobcat and small grader, add in the cost of a couple signs, a web page explaining the rules, done deal.

high_revs
02-09-2009, 3:53 PM
what exactly does blm stand for? and advantages of shooting on it? it seems that people can just setup their own stuff, but isn't it dangerous not knowing what's around you (other people shooting?)?

UBFRAGD
02-09-2009, 4:00 PM
In one way, Knoxville was inherently safer than a lot of ranges out in the boonies--it had cell phone coverage.

I'm gonna have to talk to Mr. Burns. It seems like an easy thing to accomplish. I would put up a large sign at the range.

Shooting--$0
Littering--$1000/2yrs imprisonment

UBFRAGD
02-09-2009, 4:03 PM
As Knoxville goes, so will the other place. I was up there this sunday and couldn't believe the garbage. There was even signs on the tables advising shooters to pack out their ****--maybe a last warning????

Ironchef
02-09-2009, 4:03 PM
Bureau of Land Management = BLM

Panoche is your place. Going north will give you more restrictions from what i've heard. From Antioch, it was 124 miles to the Gate inside Panoche Hills (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=&daddr=36.704305,-120.85889&hl=en&geocode=&mra=mi&mrsp=0&sz=17&sll=36.703539,-120.856787&sspn=0.006684,0.009656&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=17) land. Then you just drive a few miles in and find your spot..and don't take the first few turn offs..there's waaay better if you go in. My favorite spot gives you your own valley and a good set of variable distances to shoot at..and somewhat safety from the higher grounds where you might be at more risk of others' stray fire.

Turbinator
02-09-2009, 4:30 PM
what exactly does blm stand for? and advantages of shooting on it? it seems that people can just setup their own stuff, but isn't it dangerous not knowing what's around you (other people shooting?)?

BLM = Bureau of Land Management.

Public lands managed by the federal government, set aside for public multi-use. Hiking, bird watching, shooting, biking, ATV'ing, offroading, camping, and general outdoorsy enjoyment.

In a way, we all pay for the maintenance of this land, and we definitely need to do our part to help keep any of it clean if we opt to use it.

Turby

shmeare
02-10-2009, 1:57 PM
this north cow mt looks good!! is only 150 mile from my place!

DD

North Cow Mountain has a free, public shooting area here:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=39.132607,-123.101673&spn=0.003558,0.004941&t=h&z=18

Here's a map of the area - http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/ca/pdf/pdfs/ukiah_pdfs.Par.f90b3bbd.File.dat/North_Cow_Mtn.pdf

I believe everything within the recreational area border is BLM land, so you're free to wander off away from other people and set up your own targets if you like.


There's a designated area in Knoxville Recreation Area for shooting here: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=38.814992,-122.349522&spn=0.003574,0.004941&t=h&z=18

Although just like Cow Mountain, you're free to wander off and do your shooting away from designated areas.