Target Shooting Etiquette

Keep it Safe:


Follow the Four Fundamental Rules of Firearm Safety:


1.   Treat every gun as if it is loaded.

2.   Never let the muzzle of a firearm point at anything you do not intend to shoot.

3.   Keep your finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard until your sights are on the target and you are ready to shoot.

4.   Always be sure of your target and what is beyond.


Only use the approved targets named above with a safe backstop.   Make sure not to attach your targets on trees, log decks, slash piles, 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 in the area and take extra precaution to avoid cattle when shooting

For safety reasons, it is important to disperse yourself while shooting. Have a map of the area, as much of the Forest and Grassland is intermixed with private land. Once confirming you are on National Forest System lands in an area not closed to recreational shooting, confirm you have a safe backstop.

Conditions on the Forest and Grassland can be dry at this time of year. Those who start wildfires may be held responsible for suppression costs. When shooting firearms, please take safety precautions and be mindful that hot projectiles and sparks from ricochets can ignite fires in dry grassy areas and in other dry brushy fuels.

Know the rregulations and restrictions listed on the  Target Shooting Regulations and Restrictions  webpage.

Keep it Clean:

Remember to pick up your spent shells, target remnant including clay pigeons and anything else you bring to the forests and grasslands.