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Old 12-28-2012, 8:06 PM
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Default Has anyone gone shooting at Big Bear?

Hi guys,

A couple of buddies and I want to head up to Big Bear Lakes for about a week for vacation next week and was wondering has anyone ever done any target shooting around there? We decided to check out the Big Pine Flat Recreational Shooting Site which is just slight northeast from Big Bear Lake. Anyone ever have any experience with that place and even though it says its closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, can we still shoot there? I'm only asking this because it's the open outdoors.
This is where I got my info from:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sbnf/...7731&actid=106

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Old 12-31-2012, 1:56 AM
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What are you driving because of recent snow how are you going to get in there? I haven't shot there but back roads especially dirt ones don't get plowed so you can drive on them.

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Old 12-31-2012, 5:15 AM
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very few of the trails up there are open during the winter. unless you can get to it from the holocomb valley loop I don't think you'll be able to shoot there. 4x4 is a must if its not snowing it'll be slick icy mud. I also wouldn't recommend only taking one vehicle and I would bring vehicle recovery gear pack as though you plan on spending the night just in case. Here's a map 3n16 and 2n09 were the only two trails I found open last year. looks like you could take 2n09 to 3n16 and back track to the spots on 3n16... or you might get all the way out there and find a locked gate. good luck.

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Old 12-31-2012, 7:40 AM
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I doubt you'll be able to get in there. Lots of snow.

FYI, be sure to bring chains when heading up to Big Bear. Roads were decent on Sunday 12/30 but can change in a hurry. Also, be sure to watch for the BMW's with the ski bums stopping in the middle of the road to put on chains. Lots of problems with clueless, unprepared folks heading up to have fun in the snow.

I was doing fine with my 4x4 Ford F140 and snow tires but decided to put on my chains because of all the cars sliding around. Lots of folks drove up to the mountains on Saturday when the road were bare but couldn't get back out after it had been snowing for an hour.
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Old 12-31-2012, 7:15 PM
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Hi guys,

A couple of buddies and I want to head up to Big Bear Lakes for about a week for vacation next week and was wondering has anyone ever done any target shooting around there? We decided to check out the Big Pine Flat Recreational Shooting Site which is just slight northeast from Big Bear Lake. Anyone ever have any experience with that place and even though it says its closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, can we still shoot there? I'm only asking this because it's the open outdoors.
This is where I got my info from:
http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sbnf/...7731&actid=106

Thanks guys!
I don't know about the snow, but I was up exactly where you are talking about over the past summer. There is the Big Pine Flats Campground and on the road east from there, right next to the campground probably like a quick 2 minute ride, there are three organized and marked shooting spots consecutively along the road, with a safe distance between each. It was a nice place to shoot. Nice backstops and even a bench at each spot.

It is quite a drive to get to the shooting spots from Big Bear Lake, and even more so if you are driving from LA or Orange County. Unless you live really close, I would make a weekend out of it and rent a cabin or something like that.

A nice list for you:
  1. You need an Adventure pass
  2. Bring chains for your tires
  3. Have a 4x4 vehicle
  4. I do not believe steel core or magnetic ammo is allowed, I could be wrong.
  5. Read up on your rights out there in regards to Rangers. Know what is within their scope of practice and what they can ask of you, etc.
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Old 01-02-2013, 9:16 AM
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I spend a lot of time up there and know of the shooting areas you mentioned, but I would agree with others that the roads getting back to there could be a nightmare depending on how much snow was on the ground. Even without snow that area gets MUDDY and slick during the spring thaw.

During the summer though those areas are beautiful and I have never seen anyone else out there so its fairly quiet.
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Old 01-02-2013, 9:32 AM
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The shooting area isn't closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Discovery Center is. Call the local ranger stations for backroad info.
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I was up there for a week ago and it was awesome. Road was muddy and snow on the ground. Better have a 4x4great and chains.
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Sorry a couple typos writing reply with my phone.
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Thanks for the info guys, it really helps!
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I used to 4 wheel up there years ago, I wouldn't want to try it in the snow if there is a lot on the ground without emergency gear and another vehicle preferably with a winch.

Also be careful of what trails you use as some of them can be technical in good weather. John Bull trail comes to mind.(3n10 I believe) would be a big mistake in the snow.
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The shooting areas or roads are usually closed for snowfall on the ground or fire restrictions. Always call the discovery center beforehand, the staff is pretty helpful.
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Old 01-17-2013, 1:15 PM
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1N09 was a cool place to go shoot, but the last few times I have been that way it has been CLOSED. Someone sparked a copper bullet off a pine tree and started a huge fire that burned down half the mountain according to the powers to be up there...
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Old 01-17-2013, 1:25 PM
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Ok so let's recap. Can I shoot in Big Bear?
Closed all summer to shooting
Cold all winter with icy muddy impassible roads with trails often closed
and even if everything is going your way, you get to freeze your A** off while shooting.

OK- ammo is too expensive to shoot while freezing your butt off. If it's not fun - it's not worth it.

I'd kind of take all that as a big "no" there really isn't much shooting in Big Bear
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Old 01-17-2013, 4:50 PM
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Head up the 30 to the 330 and find the 1n09 turnoff. It is about 2 minutes up the mountain and it veers to the right, like a reverse u-turn. If it is closed then that is a NO. I guess you could call the stations too. I say either CALL or visit in person or e-mail if they do that.
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During the spring, summer and early fall there is the Sportsmans range on the north shore, right at Divsion drive.
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