TARGET SHOOTING IN GILA COUNTY, ARIZONA

OPEN LAND AND FOREST SHOOTING

If you choose to shoot in the forests or other open areas, please keep these important rules and guidelines in mind.

 

CONCERNS:

Problems that may arise when shooting on open national forest land include:

SAFETY OF OTHER FOREST VISITORS:

 

  • Disturbance of other forest visitors

  • Littering: targets and shell casings, etc (Please pick them up!)

  • Starting wildfires

  • Damage to private or public property

  • Damage to natural features such as cactus and wildlife


REGULATIONS:
 

Regulations covering National Forest System Lands are found in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 36. As listed in 36 CFR 261.9 and 261.10, the following are prohibited:

  • Shooting within 150-yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site or occupied area

  • Shooting across or on a forest road

  • Shooting across or on a body of water adjacent to a forest road

  • Shooting in any manner or place whereby any person or property is exposed to injury or damage

  • Damaging any natural feature or other property of the United States

  • ArizonaState law prohibits shooting from a vehicle while hunting and authorities also consider “road-shooting” as endangerment.

  • Regional Order Prohibits Explosives (Including Explosive Targets) on Forests in Arizona and New Mexico (2 MB PDF)


THINK BEFORE YOU SHOOT:
 

  • The sound of gunfire can make people nervous (even when done safely). Stay comfortably away from other forest visitors.

  • Be certain of your target and backstop.

  • Know the effective range and maximum range of the firearm and ammunition you are using.

  • Do not leave targets or other debris. Remove shell casings -- especially shotgun shells.

  • Do not use glass objects as targets.

  • If someone else is shooting, don’t crowd in on him or her.

PICK UP YOUR GARBAGE

Please take the time to pick up your shells and garbage so that the shooting site is ready for the next person.  It is up to us all to leave the site better than the way we found it.


A WORD TO THE WISE:
 

The information contained in this guide is for general information purposes only. It is not a substitute for the law. You are fully accountable for knowing the laws and regulations governing use of firearms.


REFERENCES:
 

  • Arizona Hunting Regulation, Arizona Game & Fish Department

  • Arizona revised Statues, Title 13

  • Code of Federal Regulations, Title 36

 

RESOURCES:
 

  • Visit the Bureau of Land Management website for more information and safety tips for shooting on public lands.

  • More information, locations of shooting ranges, shooting classes, and more visit the Arizona Game & Fish web site.

There are two fully equipped shooting ranges in Gila Count.

 

SHOOTING RANGES IN
GILA COUNTY

Hunting & Guiding

If you are considering hunting or hiring a guied in Gila County, check out the extensive resources that are provided on this website.  

Many people enjoy target shooting and plinking in open country. When participating in this activity, shooters must be aware of federal and state gun laws covering National Forest System lands.

 

The following is information that will give you a better understanding of regulations and guidelines relating to the discharge of firearms on The Tonto National forest so that your visit will be a safe and enjoyable one.

PLACES TO TARGET SHOOT IN GILA COUNTY

JIM JONES SHOOTING RANGE

  • Pistol bays,

  • 100 yard main range,

  • 200 yard range

  • 300 yard range

  •  80 meter archery range.

The 100 Yard Range is open to the Public every Saturday 9am to 5pm (weather permitting). Range Safety Officer are on duty to assist all shooting with training, firearm checks and Sight-in. There is a $5.00 Fee for all people over 18 years of age.

Address:

Nf-375B, Payson, AZ 85541
Phone:  602.616.9275

Web:  www.tontorimsportsclub.com

Globe-Miami

Gun Club

This range offers shooting out to 300 yards
 

  • Your local NRA affiliated Shooting Range Since 1949.

  • Current Shooting Hours: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm Mon-Sun (Unless Otherwise Posted).

  • This is a “COLD” Range.


Address:
2675 N. Bixby Rd. Globe, AZ. 85501

Phone:  928.200.8709

Web: www.globemiamigc.com