There are no designated target shooting areas on public lands managed by the BLM in New Mexico. Due to high public use, shooting is specifically prohibited at BLM's developed recreation sites and at certain other areas where posted, including around water sources for livestock and wildlife. However, you are generally allowed to target shoot on all other public lands, as long as you clean up your targets, shell casings, and trash.
BLM policy is to allow the safe use of firearms on public lands, as provided for in state law, and to cooperate with state authorities in the enforcement of firearms regulations. Individuals have BLM's permission to possess and use legal firearms on BLM-administered public lands, except when prohibited by other applicable laws and regulations.
It is imperative to follow all state laws and county ordinances, concerning the safe and legal use of weapons and ammunition. Using firearms safely is the responsibility of the user. Pick a place away from private property roads, homes, livestock, oil and gas development, and away from other public land users. It is illegal to shoot or place targets on trees, signs, outbuildings, or other objects on federal lands that are for the public's enjoyment or use.
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Many BLM Field Offices have unofficial shooting areas in old barrow pits, gravel pits, or other disturbed areas where there has been a history of such use by the public. BLM staff may be able to direct you some of they these places. Please call or e-mail either the Recreation Staff or Law Enforcement Ranger in the BLM Field Office where you want to shoot for more information about places to target shoot safely on public lands.