Target Shooting Planning Efforts & Restrictions for Pawnee National Grassland

Current Target Shooting Planning Efforts: No planning currently underway.


As of Jan. 10, 2014, the Baker Draw Designated Shooting Area is open to the public, located on the west side of the Pawnee National Grassland.

The areas listed below are closed to shooting
on the Pawnee National Grassland
Closure Order Name
Closure Description

10-06-2012-02 Emergency Shooting Closure, dated 12/10/12 (pdf, 14KB)

Closure Area Map(pdf, 1.8MB)

The closure is located in Township 8 North, Range 63 West, Section 7. The area is closed for 1/4 mile south of Weld County Road 96 and 1/4 mile west of County Road 63.

ARP-PNG-2014-01 Baker Draw, dated 12/9/13 (pdf, 89KB)

Closure Area Map (pdf, 274KB)

This is an area closure, not just to shooting but to all activities, immediately adjacent to the Baker Draw Designated Shooting Area.

*The area along County Road 61 is closed to recreational shooting due to the lack of safe backstops. This area was signed as "no shooting" after a near miss by State Highway 14.

Additional Information:

Remember to follow all shooting regulations and restrictions, and use only approved targets  On the ARP approved targets are: cardboard targets, paper targets, manufactured metallic targets (metal targets specifically designed for firearms), or manufactured thrown-type clay targets (clay pigeons). Please note: exploding targets are not permitted.

Tracer bullets have been identified as a cause of a fire on the Pawnee National Grassland (see news release). Tracer bullets are illegal on National Forest System lands.

Use only approved targets with a safe backstop. Remember a safe backstop is one that will stop a bullet. Do not attach your targets to trees, fences, water tanks or other improvements.

Be aware of:

  • Other people recreating in the area and take extra precaution to avoid recreators when shooting
  • Livestock graze throughout the grassland, take extra precaution to avoid cattle when shooting.