Target Shooting

Recreational shooting has been a longtime use of the National Forests and Grasslands. There are no designated shooting areas on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests.

According to the Code of Federal Regulations (title 36), recreational shooting can take place on the National Forests and Grasslands, as long as:

Restrictions

1.   You are at least 150 yards from a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation area or occupied area.

2.   You are not shooting across or on a National Forest System Road or adjacent body of water.

3.   You are not shooting in any manner or place where any person or property is exposed to injury or damage as a result of such discharge.

4.   You are not firing any tracer bullet or incendiary ammunition.

Regional Restrictions

  • Intermountain Regional Closure Order 04-00-12-02
  • Possessing or discharging any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device is prohibited.
  • All combustion engines- ATVs, motorcyles, etc.- must have a properly installed spark arrestor when recreating on the Humboldt-Toiyabe NF.

***Local areas also have their own regulations. Please check with your local county sheriff's office or website to have more specifics.

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Know Before You Go

Follow all regulations and restrictions

Know the four fundamental rules of firearm safety:

  1. Treat every gun as if 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 of the trigger until your sights are on the target and you are ready to shoot.
  4. Always be sure of your target and what is beyond.

Disperse yourself while shooting. Have a map of the area, as much of the Forest and Grassland is intermixed with private land. 

Confirm you:

  • are on National Forest System lands in an area not closed to recreational shooting 
  • have a safe backstop 
  • know the rules

Check for:

  • other users- look, listen and walk the perimeter begin shooting. Trails, homes, roads may be hidden by terrain and trees.
Did you know?

Ricochets can cause fires. Conditions on in the forest can be dry at anytime of year. When shooting firearms, please take safety precautions and be mindful that hot projectiles and sparks from ricochets can ignite fires in dry, grassy, brushy fuels.

Federal Rules

According to the Code of Federal Regulations (title 36), recreational shooting can take place on the National Forests and Grasslands under these conditions:

  1. You are at least 150 yards from a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation area or occupied area.
  2. You are not shooting across or on a National Forest System Road or an adjacent body of water.
  3. You are not shooting into or within a cave.
  4. You are not shooting in any manner or place where any person, property or resource is exposed to injury or damage as a result of such discharge.
  5. You are not firing any tracer bullet or incendiary ammunition.