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Panoche Hills Target Shooting

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Panoche Hills Entrance (BLM photo)

The Panoche and Tumey Hills are now under Fire Season Vehicle Restrictions. No motorized access is allowed from April 15 to October 17.

There are no designated target shooting areas in the Hollister Field Office area, however, Public Lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management are open to target shooting except when prohibited by other applicable laws and regulations. 

There are no BLM Public Lands administered by the Hollister Field Office within 150 miles of San Francisco that are publicly accessible for target shooting. We suggest visiting the National Shooting Sports Foundation website to find a range that is open to the public or visit the Santa Clara County Field Sports Park Shooting Range in San Jose that is managed by the County of Santa Clara. 

The Panoche Hills do not have designated ranges or shooting areas; however, target shooting is allowed.  For maps and more information about this area you can call us for an area brochure at (831) 630-5000.  

To ensure a safe and fun target shooting experience for yourself and other users of the Public Lands, remember to:

Use weapons and ammunition that are compliant with existing state and federal laws (Use of lead ammunition for the purpose of recreational target shooting is legal) 
Employ a safe backstop (hill) within close proximity behind the target
Remove all targets, brass, shotgun hulls, clay pigeons, and any and all items used for your target shooting

The BLM enforces laws meant to protect the safety of all users and beauty of the lands: 
Do not shoot within 150 yards of residences, structures, or developed areas (i.e. day use areas)
Do not shoot onto private lands
Do not shoot across a roadway or trail
Do not shoot at hazardous materials such as propane tanks or paint cans
Do not shoot at signs, markers, or kiosks
Do not drive off of the road in the Wilderness Study Areas

Call or email our Law Enforcement Rangers to report resource crimes or email our Outdoor Recreation Planners for more information about places to safely target shoot.

To keep these lands wild and safe:
Park within 15 feet of the roadside
Stay on open, signed routes while driving 
Routes are not considered open unless they are signed open



Helpful Links 

Target Shooting
California BLM Hunting and Target Shooting Information

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Tread Lightly

California Bureau of Firearms
California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms

Panoche Hills Main Page
Panoche Hills Main Page

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Bureau of Land Management
Hollister Field Office
20 Hamilton Court
Hollister, CA 95023
Phone: (831) 630-5000
Fax: (831) 630-5055
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., M-F
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