U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
If you have specific questions on areas that may be appropriate for target shooting please contact the BLM Field Office you plan to visit.
Shooting, possession, and use of firearms are allowed on public lands managed by the BLM as long as the activity:
In addition you must not possess or discharge a firearm or explosive device in violation of any Arizona State law. This includes possession of a firearm while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or of a controlled substance, and carrying a concealed weapon in violation of State law.
The theft, disturbance, or vandalism of archaeological resources is against the law. That includes the surface collection of arrowheads or pottery shards. These illegal activities lead to the loss of important artifacts and can destroy the scientific information that could be helpful in analyzing the culture of the people who lived at the site.
BLM rangers, agents and archaeologists work closely together to monitor and protect our cultural resources and sites throughout Arizona. More information is available on our Cultural pages.
Paleontological resources are protected. More information on current paleontological laws ....
There are several BLM OHV areas throughout Arizona. Much of BLM land in Arizona has been designated as limited use. In these areas, OHV use is limited to established roads.
In addition to BLM regulations governing OHV use, State laws for OHV use are assimilated by the BLM for enforcement. OHV laws can be found on the Arizona Game and Fish website.
Things to know about OHV Use on Public Lands:
All cutting and removing of wood from BLM-administered lands requires a permit and is allowed only in designated areas. Wood cutting permits are obtained at BLM Field Offices. The person issued the permit and the permit itself must be present during all wood cutting activity.
With the purchase of a permit, wood tags are issued. Wood tags are used to document the amount of wood harvested. Wood tags must be validated and affixed to the load of wood before it is transported.
Most wood permits are issued for personal use. A commercial wood cutting permit must be obtained for any wood that will be sold.
Common wood cutting violations include:
To protect persons, property and public lands and resources the authorized officer may issue an order to close or restrict use of designated public lands. Closures are published in the Federal Register, but do not require a public comment period. Current closures are in effect for a maximum of two years.
To find out more information on closures for an area, please contact the local BLM office.