Recreational Shooting

Target shooting is generally allowed on BLM-administered public lands, as long as it is done in a safe manner, without damaging natural resources or improvements on public lands. Across all BLM-administered lands, discharging or using firearms, weapons, or fireworks is not allowed on developed recreation sites and areas except at sites specifically designated for that purpose. Check with your local BLM office for any additional restrictions on shooting.

Please follow this guidance during your recreational shooting experience:

  • Never shoot from or over any road or highway.
  • Always use a safe backdrop.
  • Glass and exploding targets are prohibited in some states.
  • Do not use plastic pellets, tracer rounds, exploding rounds, or steel-core rounds.
  • Do not attach targets to plants or place targets against rocks, plants, or solid objects.  It is illegal to deface or destroy trees, signs, outbuildings, or other objects on federal lands.
  • Carry in your targets and carry out all litter, brass and shell casings.  All targets, shell casings, debris and trash must be removed.
  • Cross-country travel is not permitted outside of OHV Open Area boundaries, so please stay on designated routes.

Visit the National Shooting Sports Foundation page to see an interactive map of places to shoot.

Read more Tread Lightly tips for responsible shooting sports.

During Fire Season, some areas may be closed to target shooting.