08-22-2015, 02:32 AM #1
- Join Date
- Mar 2008
- Black Cat Ridge
Sam Houston National Forest target area?
Searching old threads indicates there was once an area west of Conroe (?) within Sam Houston National Forest that was authorized for target shooting, but it was closed a decade ago due to trash being left on the ground. (Twenty years ago, there was a similar area somewhere around Huntsville. I guess it is gone as well?)
Is there any place within SHNF where target shooting is currently authorized?Every Texas gun owner should be a member of the Texas State Rifle Association.
08-22-2015, 06:18 AM #2
all so called target shooting areas in Texas State Parks and National Parks have been shutdown last time I heard. The only way you can target shoot somewhere other than an actual gun range business is your own land thats at least 10+ acres in size and has to be outside of city limits (correct me if I missed out any parts). Unlike Oregon where I lived at for a year where BLM land is available for target shooting (mostly shot at Browns Camp by Tillamook OR). Youll hardly find any BLM land available for shooters here in Texas.They cant have my guns, but Ill be glad to give them my bullets. They just better hope they can catch them without getting hurt :rofl:
08-22-2015, 06:55 AM #3I think I'm the hole in the loop that should be closed.
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08-24-2015, 04:36 PM #4
- Join Date
- Jan 2015
I've never heard of it
08-24-2015, 04:38 PM #5
I had heard of it, but never knew where it was.If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.
Im a big fan of the .22LR for bear defense.
Just shoot the guy next to you in the knee and run like heck.
"An eagle doesn't need to show his talons..."
08-25-2015, 01:07 PM #6
::EDIT:: Just did a little research and saw that there is virtually no BLM land in Texas. Surprised the hell outta me. It's so ubiquitous in the Western states.
Last edited by Rebel; 08-25-2015 at 01:15 PM.
08-25-2015, 02:37 PM #7
- Join Date
- Aug 2014
- Woodlands, TX
Forest Service Road 208A
Huntsville, TX 77340
Go to google maps and enter these coordinates. I'm 95% sure this was where the old shooting area was. It's been 20 plus years since I've been up there but think this was the place. Went up there about a half dozen times, always an experience. Folks would show up and walk downrange while the range was hot without saying a word. Some of the most atrocious gun handling I've ever witnessed. Lots of junk hauled in, shot up to pieces and left there. Forest Rangers would show up once in a while to check on things but never hassled anyone. Looking back on it, kinda scary.No job is so simple that it cannot be done wrong.
08-25-2015, 04:17 PM #8
I tell people I used to ride my bike into Angelos National Forrest (in S. California) with a rifle bungee corded to the handlebars and they think I'm nuts. Shoot all day from the side of the road. Always a few others around. LAPD once even stopped in and shot with us. Also stopped in and arrested a guy with a cool AR15. Had to ride past the Foothill Division Police Station both ways. This was between 1965 and 1973.
Yes California was not always the stupid wacko refugee camp it is today.
08-26-2015, 11:08 AM #9
Back in the day we would have machine gun shoots in the SHNF (the last one there a guy shot his own hand with his MAC). Ranger would show and check paperwork occasionally. The range was a disgrace and a real mess. We would be out there shooting and you would have idiots show up and roll down the window and start shooting w/o even determining what the range status was.Firearms engineer for hire on contract basis
10-20-2016, 11:47 PM #10
- Join Date
- Sep 2013
From United States Forest Service:
Where can I sight in my gun?
It is legal to target shoot in the General Forest, with the exception of the Caddo‐LBJ National Grasslands, as long as you do not shoot from, down, across a road, have a sufficient back stop (not a live tree), and pick up your trash (targets, empty shells, etc.) when you leave. This is an example of referring to the Code of Federal Regulations. Target shooting is prohibited in the WMA on all units of the NFGT: Angelina NF, Davy Crockett NF, Sabine NF, Sam Houston NF, Caddo‐LBJ NG. CFR 261.58(m) states PROHIBITED: DISCHARGING A FIREARM, AIR RIFLE, OR GAS GUN FROM, INTO, OR ACROSS ANY PARKING AREA, TRAIL, BOAT RAMP OR FOREST DEVELOPMENT ROAD.
Essentially in all General Forest Lands. Not in WMA (Wildlife Management Areas) areas. General Forest areas are not joint managed by TPWD and therefore less regulated....or regulated differently.
Unfortunately, according to the link below, all of SHNF is WMA land.
"The entire Sam Houston National Forest is a wildlife management area."
Essentially this means, if I'm reading it correctly, that there is no target shooting allowed within this national forest.
Sucks, but hope this helps.
Last edited by randomwit; 10-21-2016 at 12:17 AM.