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 of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation area or occupied area.
  • Across or on a national forest 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, destroying, or in any way damaging any prehistoric, historic, or archaeological resource, structure, site, artifact or property.
  • Abandoning any personal property or failing to dispose of all garbage, including targets, paper, cans, bottles, appliances.
Target shooting with bullseye and gun

In general, you should target shoot only if you:

  • Use approved targets. 
  • 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.
Target shooting with bullseye and arrows

For more information:

Know Before You Go ~ Shooting

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

Target Shooting on the Kaibab NF flyer