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Release Date: 06/10/09
Contacts: David Abrams 406-533-7617    

BLM Plans Shooting Restriction in North Hills

The Bureau of Land Management plans to create a shooting safety zone for an area in the North Hills recreation area located about six miles northeast of Helena.

The proposal calls for a no-shooting safety zone for all of Section 34 in Township 12 North, Range 3 West. The no-shooting zone would establish a year-long recreational shooting restriction for Section 34, but would allow the discharge of firearms during Montana’s big-game season for the purpose of big-game hunting. All BLM lands outside of Section 34 would continue to remain open year-long for recreational firearms use. The proposal would affect 640 acres of the 4,707-acre area.

To update the public on the latest developments, BLM will host a meeting on June 16 at 6:30 p.m., at the conference room of the Montana Association of Counties building at 2715 Skyway Drive in Helena.

The proposed restriction was developed through the efforts of a community-based working group, established by BLM’s Western Montana Resource Advisory Council. The sub-group was formed after BLM received complaints from recreationists and adjacent landowners who voiced concerns related to unsafe shooting practices in the area of Section 34. The user-created shooting areas in that area were too close to the road and without a safe line of fire.

For a map or additional information, call Pat Zurcher, project lead, at (406) 533-7638 or by e-mail at

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

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Last updated: 06-28-2012