Target Shooting Restrictions

Hunting and Target Shooting Informational Brochure

Forest Order 05-07-00-18-07 Firearms Prohibition

Los Padres National Forest officials raised fire restrictions July 3 to prohibit campfires anywhere on the Forest except in designated campgrounds. Due to increasing hazards associated with the seasonal decline of fuel moisture levels and predicted fire weather, Forest officials today announced that a ban on recreational target shooting throughout the Forest will take effect on July 7, 2018.

Under the Forest Order, discharging a firearm is prohibited in all areas of Los Padres National Forest except in the designated target ranges at Winchester Canyon Gun Club and the Ojai Valley Gun Club.

Zone "A" rifle deer season, which includes the majority of Los Padres National Forest, opens August 11, 2018. Zone "D-13," which includes the Mt. Pinos Ranger District and parts of the Ojai Ranger District, opens October 13, 2018. A person hunting during open hunting season for a game bird or mammal as specified in the laws of the State of California and having a valid California hunting license in his or her possession may discharge a firearm at legal game birds or mammals.

A violation of this prohibition is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. Law Enforcement Officers will be strictly enforcing this Forest Order in all areas of the Forest.

This restriction will remain in effect until the end of fire season in late autumn. 

Contact one of the ranger stations listed below for more information. 

  • Santa Barbara Ranger District – (805) 967-3481
  • Ojai Ranger District – (805) 646-4348
  • Mt. Pinos Ranger District – (661) 245-3731
  • Santa Lucia Ranger District – (805) 925-9538
  • Monterey Ranger District – (831) 385-5434