View Full Version : Bay Area Blm?
05-15-2007, 6:52 PM
Hey I'm new to the Bay area, does anyone know where there is BLM land or similar to go shooting? I tried to look it up on the web but their site is not shooter friendly.
05-16-2007, 11:28 AM
I'm niether an attorney nor a representative of the BLM (http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en.html) or NF (http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/forests.html), but as far as I know, it is legal to shoot just about anywhere in the NF or BLM in the state. Of course, you can't shoot near roads, creeks, bodies of water, campsites, etc., etc. but everywhere else is usually fair game. I go shooting in the MNF (http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/mendocino/) all the time. You should just call the rangers in the area you'd like to go and ask em.
Stanislaus National Forest Firearms Use
Please obey firearms laws, practice common sense gun safety and respect other forest visitors' rights to enjoy the Stanislaus National Forest. Violation of regulations can result in fines up to $5,000 and 6 months imprisonment. Check with the local Sheriff or Ranger Station for current laws that affect firearms possession and use on the National Forest. Report any unsafe firearms use to the County Sheriff or Ranger Station.
Practice safe firearms use while on the Stanislaus National Forest:
Stay more than 150 yards from any campground, building or other occupied area before shooting.
Aim away from other people, campsites, campgrounds, houses or other buildings.
Ensure that animals, plants and other forest resources will not be injured or damaged.
Trees, signs, glass bottles, and clay pigeons are never appropriate targets.
Have a solid dirt backstop; see the entire path of your bullet; ensure that no objects that could cause a ricochet are within your line of fire.
Be off roads and trails when you shoot, and aim away from lakes, ponds and streams.
Retrieve all shell casings and targets before leaving.
While the Stanislaus National Forest does not have any area set aside for target shooting, some Forest visitors have found that certain areas are more desirable for firearms use than others. Contact the nearest Ranger Station for information on such places.
05-16-2007, 9:47 PM
Search the internet for Cow Mountain - the Ukiah BLM office manages that area. The South Cow Mountain area is mostly off highway vehicle (OHV) use, and the North Cow Mountain area is non OHV and has a designaed rifle range and campgrounds.
05-17-2007, 4:42 AM
....or, click on the map at this web site for the region you want within the entire state!
You can also do a search for "Places to shoot - California"
Why is it that our gun laws are so insanely strict? Dumb question I know... but I mean a regular Joe could make a very simple mistake and then face "fines up to $5,000 and 6 months imprisonment." And since the law is so vague in many areas with regard to firearms it hardly seems fair. Not that life is fair. I dunno I guess it's just a rant... :(
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