Opportunities to shoot recreationally on public lands benefit the recreational shooter and hunter. Shooting takes place in a variety of forms, from dispersed unsupervised sites, to unsupervised ranges to ranges managed under a special use permit. But many factors are combining to close these areas including:
* Environmental and property damage
* Unsafe shooting practices
* Accumulation of spent ammo, targets and other debris
* Illegal dumping
* Conflict with other recreational activities
* Encroaching development
Access for hunting and shooting opportunities on federal lands is one of the highest priorities of the Federal Lands Hunting and Shooting Sports Roundtable, which was created under an agreement signed by the NRA and 39 other national organizations and three federal agencies. NRA was a driving force in the creation of the Roundtable. The Roundtable’s purpose is remove barriers to access for sportsmen and enhance opportunities for hunting and recreational shooting.
If you shoot on lands managed by the National Forest Service and/or the Bureau of Land Management, NRA asks that you fill out the “Federal Lands Survey” found at www.nrahuntersrights.org/survey.aspx. You can provide the Roundtable with valuable information needed to keep recreational shooting areas opened to the public.