Shooting on Arizona State Trust Land

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  1. badbob85037

    badbob85037
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    I'm surprised no one in Arizona has said anything about this. Has anyone noticed the increase in No Shooting signs going up the last couple years around Arizona. All state trust land has been put off limits to shooters. These lands can still be hunted on but don't get caught sighting in your weapon. I have also seen lame excuses used to keep shooters off land. According to land maps that Army
    Reserve base built a couple years ago West of Phoenix, North of I-10 on Watson Road the only land owned, leased or what ever is the land inside the walls of the small base yet right past the base is a big sign saying 'no trespassing putting off limits the North side of White Tanks to everyone. I wrote the governor and as can be expected I received no reply. I am starting to believe the woman he put to head the State Trust land is a gun grabber.

    The web page for this state trust land use to hit you in the face with it's no shooting as soon as you signed on But this last time I saw no mention. One voter questioning some shady goings on don't seem to cause much of a fuss. So maybe if a few of you ask the same questions we can get an answer.
     
  2. targetshooter

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    Things You Need to Know About Recreation on Arizona Trust Land
    • Arizona Trust Land is land managed by the State Land Department
      Trust Land is not public land!

    • A recreation permit is required to camp, hike or travel on Trust Land that is designated as open for recreation
    • A recreation permit is an agreement between you (the responsible casual user) and the Department, to allow limited recreational activities conditional on your continued responsible behavior (see terms and conditions)
     
  3. targetshooter

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    Why do I need a permit to go on State Trust land for recreation purposes and how do I obtain a recreational permit?
    Arizona State Trust lands are not "public lands", as are Federal lands under the management of the U.S. Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management. Federal "public lands" are managed for the benefit and use of the public, while State Trust lands are managed for the benefit of 13 Trust beneficiaries, which include the public schools and prisons. The Land Department's trust management responsibilities include requiring a permit or lease and charging a fee for use of Trust land. Exceptions to this requirement are licensed hunters and fishers, actively pursuing game or fish, in-season, and certain archaeological activities permitted by the Arizona State Museum.
    A ‘Recreational Use Permit’ is temporary and revocable and does not permit commercial, competitive or group events. Lands leased for agriculture, mining, commercial, or military purposes are not open to recreational use. Other State Trust Lands may be closed to some or all recreational uses due to hazardous conditions, dust abatement, in coordination with the Arizona Game & Fish Department or based on certain State, County or Local laws or ordinances.
    Recreational Permit allows the signatory limited privileges to use State Trust Land for some recreation. Recreation under this permit is limited to hiking, horseback riding, picnics, bicycling, photography, sightseeing, and bird watching. Camping is restricted to no more than 14 days per year. Off-Highway Vehicular travel on State Trust Land is not permitted without proper licensing.
    The holder of an Arizona State Land Department (ASLD) Recreation Permit (Permittee) shall respect the land, the rights and improvements of other authorized users, and exercise appropriate discretion to protect native plants, cultural and historic sites and the environment. Permittee shall stay on existing and designated roads and trails. Permittee shall comply with all Federal, State, County, and Municipal laws and ordinances, while on State Trust Land.
    The Permittee shall not use State Trust Land that is closed by the State Land Commissioner. The Permittee shall not: disrupt plant and wildlife on, blaze trails across, visit historic and prehistoric archeological sites on, or remove natural products from State Trust Land. The Permittee shall not cause any refuse or allow any other foreign objects to be deposited on State Trust Land. The Permittee shall not discharge a firearm on State Trust Land, except pursuant to lawful and licensed hunting.
     
  4. badbob85037

    badbob85037
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    I think a permit is only for quads and motor bikes. If you have a full size truck I'm pretty sure you don't need one. But that woman the governor put in charge of the land has put up a bunch of signs saying NO SHOOTING. You can still hunt on state trust land but don't get caught sighting in your weapon. About 6 months ago I wrote the governor asking him what was up on banning shooting on the land but like all elected chumps I got no answer.

    The National Guard opened a small base on Miller Road just north of I-10 at the base of the White Tanks. I checked and the only land they own is the base it's self. Yet there is a sign posted a few yards north of the base with NO TRESPASSING. It seems all land she can make off limits she is doing so. The whole mountain range there is no way to get anywhere near it. When I first moved to West Phoenix I could walk out my front door and shoot. Now it's a major road trip. I think it time to write another letter only this time be a little more demanding. I checked out some of this land she is protecting. Looked like a garbage dump to me and up to a year ago it was never a problem or marked as state trust land.
     
  5. billdeserthill

    billdeserthill
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    You could contact the Arizona Citizens Defense League if you want to get some weight behind your question www.azcdl.org
     
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