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Donkeypunch0420
10-31-2009, 4:44 PM
I had heard that as long as you were 100 yards away from any highway or commercial or residential structure, it was ok to discharge firearms. Does anyone go out to the high desert to shoot still? Or is it now illegal? Does anyone have any suggestions or know any good places out there? Thank you all in advance.

Plisk
10-31-2009, 5:00 PM
I pretty much only shoot out in the desert.

Your general rules are, that the land you have your boots on must be BLM. Depending on the location, you can obtain maps from local BLM Field offices. You must be at least 150yards away from any desiganted road and shooting into a safe location away from any roads or structures.

pontiacpratt
10-31-2009, 5:39 PM
I had heard that as long as you were 100 yards away from any highway or commercial or residential structure, it was ok to discharge firearms. Does anyone go out to the high desert to shoot still? Or is it now illegal? Does anyone have any suggestions or know any good places out there? Thank you all in advance.

Your thinking of Kern County.
The High Desert I live in is San Bernardino, No discharging of Firearms outside of Firing range or BLM. There might be some Hunting Grey area but... general rule no shootie shootie anywhere.;)

Desert_AIP
10-31-2009, 9:49 PM
Man!
San Bernardino county has changed!

:(

GuardianArmament
10-31-2009, 10:11 PM
Head up the 15 FWY jump off at Hodge Rd. Make a left and head out to the desert. They have some good spots just off the freeway with high berms. I was just out there two weeks ago and there was a few people out there. Just stay off the east side of the 15 because that is stoddard offroad area and there is no shooting there. Enjoy.

Bucky G
10-31-2009, 10:15 PM
I shoot only in the desert also
basically off my back porch :D

I don't know about other deserts but here you can shoot all over and lots of people do
most of it is private property and not posted

Cokebottle
10-31-2009, 10:20 PM
No discharging of Firearms outside of Firing range or BLM.
Ya, but there's a LOT of BLM land out there.

Pricey at $25 a sheet, but probably a good idea for those of us who plink off-range:
http://www.firearmsmaps.com

goldleviathan
10-31-2009, 10:22 PM
Ya, but there's a LOT of BLM land out there.

Pricey at $25 a sheet, but probably a good idea for those of us who plink off-range:
http://www.firearmsmaps.com

Get the maps here for free:

http://www.geocommunicator.gov/blmMap/Map.jsp?MAP=LAND

Cokebottle
10-31-2009, 10:55 PM
Get the maps here for free:

http://www.geocommunicator.gov/blmMap/Map.jsp?MAP=LAND
That's an awesome reference, but I don't have a plotter and printing 8x10 prints aren't going to cut it... I need the detail of a 24x36 or larger map.

One of the areas my buddy and I shoot in butts up against DOD land that is not fenced (there's signs posted along some sections), so I'd like to be able to take a detailed map out with us to confirm that not only are we on BLM land, but that we're also not shooting into or over a corner of DOD land.

Hitting a piece of unexploded ordnance buried in the backstop would not make for a pleasant weekend.

Edit: Also, those maps only show what is and is not BLM land. There is no indication of whether hunting or target shooting is allowed.
Though general BLM policy is that shooting is allowed, there are a lot of restricted areas where it is shotgun only, or in some cases (such as the recent closures east of Temecula off of Hwy 79), a complete prohibition on shooting.

Dr Pete
10-31-2009, 11:53 PM
Get the maps here for free:

http://www.geocommunicator.gov/blmMap/Map.jsp?MAP=LAND

Nice share, have some questions.
On this map, how to tell where it's legal to shoot?
What is the designation?

I have a garmin gps, I was looking at a way to upload the map onto the GPS instead of printing them out.

Thanks,
Dr Pete

sbchero
11-01-2009, 12:11 AM
some places are shotgun only.

check this map

http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/ca/pdf/Barstow.Par.78735.File.dat/BFO_shotgunarea_8x11.pdf

HKROB
11-01-2009, 7:50 AM
Dont shoot at Hodge rd its in the shotgun only area you are asking for trouble. I found this out the hard way.

Head up the 15 FWY jump off at Hodge Rd. Make a left and head out to the desert. They have some good spots just off the freeway with high berms. I was just out there two weeks ago and there was a few people out there. Just stay off the east side of the 15 because that is stoddard offroad area and there is no shooting there. Enjoy.

fcr
11-01-2009, 7:55 AM
some places are shotgun only.

check this map

http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/ca/pdf/Barstow.Par.78735.File.dat/BFO_shotgunarea_8x11.pdf

Is the white area OK to shoot? How do you read the map?

DirtRacer151
11-01-2009, 10:54 AM
Dont shoot at Hodge rd its in the shotgun only area you are asking for trouble. I found this out the hard way.

I didn't find out the hard way but this is true!! Hodge is in shotgun only zone. DON'T SHOOT AT HODGE RD!! You are asking for trouble... go north of the 40/58 and be worry free. PICK UP YOUR TRASH WHEN YOUR DONE!!!!

xibunkrlilkidsx
11-01-2009, 11:13 AM
Get the maps here for free:

http://www.geocommunicator.gov/blmMap/Map.jsp?MAP=LAND

damn beat me to it.

GuardianArmament
11-02-2009, 12:09 AM
I was just at Hodge last weekend and we had no trouble. Maybe I was lucky. Sorry for the bad info.

Woodymyster
11-02-2009, 1:15 AM
Hodge road has been closed to shooting ever since that cellphone structure went up 3 years ago. The Sheriffs will kick you out of there if they catch you, However there are no signs posted (rather they have been shot down) so they really cant fine you.

Just be safe and do what others have said, stay north of the 40