Target Shooting

A man target shooting in the forest

Target shooting is allowed on national forests, unless specifically restricted.


It is prohibited to shoot:    

  • In or within 150 yards from a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation area or occupied area.
  • Across or on a national forest or grassland road or body of water.
  • In any manner or place where any person or property is exposed to injury or damage as a result of such discharge.
  • Into or within a cave.
  • Firing tracer bullets or incendiary ammunition.
  • Disturbing, injuring, destroying, or in any way damaging any prehistoric, historic, or archaeological resource, structure, site, artifact, property.
  • Abandoning any personal property or failing to dispose of all garbage, including targets, paper, cans, bottles, appliances.

In general, you should target shoot only if you:

  • Use approved targets. Certain forests may have specific restrictions, such as the type of targets used (i.e. cardboard targets, paper targets, clay pigeons).
    • Exploding targets are prohibited on Kaibab National Forest and anywhere within the Southwestern Region per regional order R3-004-2017.
  • Use approved targets along with a safe, ”bullet-proof” backstop. Do not attach your targets to vegetation or structures, such as trees, log decks, slash piles, fences, or water tanks.
  • Practice safe gun handling by:
    • Treating every gun as if it is loaded.
    • Never letting the muzzle of a firearm point at anything you do not intend to shoot.
    • Keeping your finger off of the trigger until your sights are on the target and you are ready to shoot.
    • Making sure of your target and what is beyond.
  • Are not in possession of alcoholic beverages while discharging a firearm.

For more information visit the following websites:

Know Before You Go ~ Shooting (U.S. Forest Service)

Tread Lightly sites (external to Forest Service) 

Please remember: You are responsible for your own safety and for the safety of those around you.