Sam Houston National Forest target area?

Discussion in 'Houston' started by Nate C, Aug 22, 2015.

  1. Nate C

    Nate C Active Member

    Mar 30, 2008
    Black Cat Ridge
    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?

  2. Flyingswords

    Flyingswords Active Member

    Oct 11, 2012
    Killeen, TX
    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.
  3. Charlie

    Charlie TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Mar 19, 2008
    Kerr County
    The highlighted part of your statement is not true throughout Texas! It's a county and/or city thing. It is NOT in violation to discharge a firearm in the city limits of Kerrville or Kerr County (target shooting or hunting) unless you are shooting across your property line or in a dangerous manner.
  4. flash_outdoors

    flash_outdoors New Member

    Jan 3, 2015
    I've never heard of it
  5. ZX9RCAM

    ZX9RCAM Over the Rainbow bridge... TGT Supporter

    May 14, 2008
    The Woodlands, Tx.
    I had heard of it, but never knew where it was.
  6. Rebel

    Rebel TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Aug 20, 2014
    That... Sucks. California is the same as Oregon in that respect. Long as you aren't firing into traffic or private property, clean up your stuff, and the fire danger isn't too high, you are good to go.

    ::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: Aug 25, 2015
  7. MetalCutter

    MetalCutter Active Member

    Aug 20, 2014
    Woodlands, TX
    Forest Service Road 208A

    Huntsville, TX 77340

    30.579389, -95.678600

    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.
  8. 45tex

    45tex Well-Known

    Feb 1, 2009
    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.
  9. Mongo

    Mongo Active Member

    Jul 15, 2008
    Houston area
    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.
  10. randomwit

    randomwit New Member

    Sep 23, 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: Oct 20, 2016

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