Target Shooting Restrictions

Date: 2/11/19

The Forest Order prohibiting recreational target shooting that went into effect July 7, 2018, has been extended until January 13, 2020.

In October 2018, Los Padres National Forest requested to reinitiate consultation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to address new or updated critical habitats and listed species, and to provide for incidental take anticipated with implementation of ongoing activities such as recreational target shooting in the Los Padres Land and Resource Management Plan. 

This restriction ensures protection of federally listed wildlife species by preventing impacts caused by recreational target shooting during formal consultation with the USFWS that was initiated in October 2018.

Although allowing recreational target shooting during the consultation period is not anticipated to violate the ESA, out of an abundance of caution the Forest has decided to implement this Forest Order. Until the USFWS issues a revised biological opinion after the consultation period, this Forest Order will remain in place.

Under this Forest Order, discharging a firearm is prohibited except in the designated target ranges at the Winchester Canyon Gun Club and the Ojai Valley Gun Club. Persons hunting during the open hunting season as specified in the laws of the State of California and having a valid California hunting license are exempt from this Forest Order.


Forest Order No. 05-07-00-19-901

Pursuant to 16 USC 551 and 36 CFR 261.50 (a) and (b), and to provide for public safety and protect natural resources, the following act is prohibited within the Los Padres National Forest. This Order is effective from January 14, 2019 until January 13, 2020.

Discharging a firearm, except in the following designated target ranges:

a. Winchester Canyon Gun Club

b. Ojai Valley Gun Club 

Pursuant to 36 CFR 261.50 (e), the following persons are exempt from this Order:

1. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty. 

2. Persons hunting a legal game bird or mammal are not exempt from the prohibition listed above. However, a person hunting during the open hunting season for a game bird or mammal as specified by the laws of the State of California, and having a valid California hunting license in his or her possession, may discharge a firearm at the legal game bird or mammal.

This prohibition is in addition to the general prohibitions in 36 CFR Part 261, Subpart A.

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. 16 USC 551 and 18 USC 3559, 3571, and 3581.

Law Enforcement Officers will be strictly enforcing this Forest Order in all areas of the Forest.

Forest Order 05-07-00-19-01 Firearms Prohibition Document

Hunting Informational Brochure

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