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dean12692
01-13-2013, 11:59 AM
Hey guys, this is my first post here. But i was wondering where in the bay area (preferably south bay) i can shoot legally, i have a trap machine for clays and i just don't like going to ranges. Where can i freely shoot my guns on open land. Being safe and responsible of course

thanks

twolane
01-14-2013, 8:20 PM
BLM land is your bet bet

4runnin
01-14-2013, 8:54 PM
Yeah, there is BLM land down south i hear people talk about shooting at. Not exactly sure where its at but my understanding is its about an hour south from San Jose. Ill try to ask my coworkers tomorrow where exactly it is.

Combo
01-14-2013, 9:06 PM
Go here for the closest place
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/hollister/recreation/panoche.html


The access gate is at Little Panoche Road @ Panoche access road. Drive 3 miles up the hill past the restrooms and picnic benches and after that your good to shoot anywhere that's safe.

http://goo.gl/maps/as1Rb

dean12692
01-16-2013, 10:52 AM
thanks guys, this is exactly what i was looking for, just wish it was a little closer... i just hate range fees, not being able to shoot how, when and at what you want... might make a a day trip out of going here

FourT6and2
01-20-2013, 6:57 PM
Wait, so you can just go out there and shoot? No licenses, no fees, no supervision? Is there a designated area you target shoot in? How do you know there are no people wandering around that could get in your line of fire?

FMFdevildoc
01-20-2013, 7:06 PM
BLM land out near Hollister is what has been mentioned.

Be a good steward & bring some heavy duty trash bags. I would pick up a few bags every time we went out there. My old room mate & I took some horrible pictures of what people did, abusing the public lands and what not.

NORCAL#1
01-20-2013, 7:11 PM
If you guys do go out to blm land please clean up after yourself!!! Thanks

FMFdevildoc
01-20-2013, 7:14 PM
FourT6 - look at the BLM links listed above.

If you read the BLM site for the respective places you plan on going to, not only will you find maps... You can find explicit rules for each area

LTC-J
01-21-2013, 5:42 AM
Go here for the closest place
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/hollister/recreation/panoche.html


The access gate is at Little Panoche Road @ Panoche access road. Drive 3 miles up the hill past the restrooms and picnic benches and after that your good to shoot anywhere that's safe.

http://goo.gl/maps/as1Rb

This is a nice place. But it will be MUCH more than an hour from San Jose. I haven't timed it from Gilroy but mileage is ~60-70. And very rough windy road.

Also, when you come up on Tres Pinos, slow down. They really do mean their speed limit signs. In the past, it was a notorious speed trap.

Also, as you get close, you MAY find cows getting onto the road. The last two times I went there, the cows were right along side the road on the wrong side of the fence:facepalm:

If you guys do go out to blm land please clean up after yourself!!! Thanks

And this.

vetbills
01-23-2013, 6:45 PM
Go here for the closest place
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/hollister/recreation/panoche.html


The access gate is at Little Panoche Road @ Panoche access road. Drive 3 miles up the hill past the restrooms and picnic benches and after that your good to shoot anywhere that's safe.

http://goo.gl/maps/as1Rb

Great info thanks for the heads up!

FrankDTank
01-23-2013, 6:56 PM
So you guys are telling me that I can just drive up there and find a safe spot and unload my guns? Is there restriction on weapons? Obviously CA legal, purchased in CA,:tank:

Zimz
01-28-2013, 8:33 AM
Wait, so you can just go out there and shoot? No licenses, no fees, no supervision? Is there a designated area you target shoot in? How do you know there are no people wandering around that could get in your line of fire?

Correct. Public land is free to shoot. Be careful during hunting season so they don't mistake you for a hunter without a license. It's usually a good idea to call the area office and verify the best locations. Don't do anything not legal in CA either, rangers do check popular shooting sites. Finally as stated, try to leave the area cleaner than when you arrived. Some areas have been closed in the past due to abuse.