So where can you shoot in Arizona?

Discussion in 'Outdoor Shooting Areas' started by soulrider, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. soulrider

    soulrider
    soon to be Arizona
    New Member

    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    5
    Going to be living in Yuma for a couple months. Then moving to Phoenix, What are the regulations for outdoor target shooting? Can you just run out in the desert? I am going to do some research but wanted to ask here also
     
    SIGAHOLIC likes this.
  2. Squidgie

    Squidgie
    Utah
    Member

    Messages:
    58
    Likes Received:
    14
    Most public lands are closed to shooting during the dry season.
    But, the restrictions are lifted once monsoon season hits. (Be sure to check USFS/BLM websites for the divisions in your area, to verify that the restrictions have been lifted.)
     
    Ambiguous and SIGAHOLIC like this.
  3. soulrider

    soulrider
    soon to be Arizona
    New Member

    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    5
    Just got down here, found out about a cool shooting range, free to the public. going to head out there soon and check it out.
     
    SIGAHOLIC likes this.
  4. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner
    Gone
    Active Member

    Messages:
    442
    Likes Received:
    58
    Range report? Costs? Pics!! :D
     
    Joe Link and SKrueger like this.
  5. Texfisher33

    Texfisher33
    Las Vegas, NV
    Active Member

    Messages:
    153
    Likes Received:
    152
    What did you find? I just moved to Phoenix.
     
  6. YukonCornelius

    YukonCornelius
    Arizona
    New Member

    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    1
    There is State Trust land here that you can use, again check for Fire Conditions, But you must have a hunting license or a State Land Permit to use the land (also needed for ATVs). Around 20 bucks a year. Must be kept in the vehicle.

    Also:
    Ben Avery Public Range, North of Phoenix on State Road 74 (Carefree Highway)

    Main Range (the only public shooting range that permits rifles, pistols, and shotguns) will be closed on May 27th, 28th, and 29th (Wednesday - Friday) for range improvement. It will reopen on Saturday, May 30th at 7am.

    http://www.azgfd.gov/outdoor_recreation/BenAveryHours.shtml

    Main Range Year Round Hours - Effective on January 4, 2012

    Monday CLOSED
    Tuesday CLOSED
    Wednesday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Thursday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Sunday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
     
    SIGAHOLIC likes this.
  7. Belevolk

    Belevolk
    Southern Arizona
    Member

    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    30
    Ben Avery is a great place for big bore long range stuff I believe they still have 1000yd and meter ranges.
    There used to be a smaller range out on Usrey Pass Road far eastern side of the valley. I used to go out there and site my rifles in during the week and usually there were less than 5 folk about. 100 yd max if I remember. Both of these have fees to pay.

    Most of my weapons do not lend themselves to wandering out into the desert and pulling the trigger or is that my brain? We used to shoot at mountain lions on the east end of South Mountain Park when the dump was there. more than 30 years ago. Drive out to 7 springs, Cave Creek and then north of the lake turn off and you will find some spots where no one is about. Pack food and water it is a drive. Be wary of any Indian land, good way to end up in the pokey unless you know some one on the council.

    If you decide to use public land for gods sake clean up after your party. That includes the targets.

    I live in Tucson now and have found a place where the farmer is ok with me and my friends. Last time we went out he drank a beer with us as we were cleaning up. He has been known to run folk off. He busted me once for lowering my AR10 from shooting a coyote. There were cows just above my sight line not close to the coyote but above my sight line, as a farm boy I am not explaining to anyone why I shot their livestock. He wants the coyotes gone.
     
    Afazio817, MadDuner and Joe Link like this.
  8. armoredman

    armoredman
    Arizona
    Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    216
    Likes Received:
    274
    <broken image removed>

    Elzy Pearson Memorial Firing range, just south of Casa Grande. City maintained, un monitored, (right next to the PD range so most idiots don't come by when the cops are shooting), and FREE....
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 15, 2017
    SIGAHOLIC and Joe Link like this.
  9. MadDuner

    MadDuner
    Anywhere I Want
    Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    469
    Likes Received:
    565
    I really like the Casa Grande range.
    The last time I was out there it was pretty crowded though.
     
  10. armoredman

    armoredman
    Arizona
    Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    216
    Likes Received:
    274
    Weekday mornings are the best time. ;)
     
  11. Joe Link

    Joe Link
    Out West
    Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    1,802
    Likes Received:
    797
    Good info in this post. Can't stress this enough!
     
    Afazio817 likes this.
  12. MadDuner

    MadDuner
    Anywhere I Want
    Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    469
    Likes Received:
    565
    We continue to fill the bed of my truck with other people's junk every time we go into the desert to shoot. It amazes me that people are so very self-absorbed that they don't realize that leaving their target trash or destroyed appliances or whatever they bring out to shoot at - will eventually cause the loss of the shooting areas we enjoy so much. People are pigs.
     
  13. SIGAHOLIC

    SIGAHOLIC
    Oregon
    Active Member

    Messages:
    187
    Likes Received:
    158
    I was going to suggest the state capital! o_O
     
    Mrjenkins and FJR like this.
  14. Joe Link

    Joe Link
    Out West
    Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    1,802
    Likes Received:
    797
    There's nothing that pisses me off more than inconsiderate people who trash our public lands. That reminds me, I need to setup our three bags of trash program here :)
     
    Afazio817 and MadDuner like this.
  15. htimswb

    htimswb
    El Mirage, Arizona
    New Member

    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    2
    If you are going to be in the West valley Miller road and I-10 is a good spot . It's in buckeye in the desert .
     
  16. Jrswkbrg

    Jrswkbrg
    Wickenburg, AZ
    New Member

    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    2
    Shooting is not allowed on State land. Must be on BLM
     
  17. Grumpy7

    Grumpy7
    Reno Nv
    New Member

    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    4
    Before I moved to Reno from there they shut down Miller road to shooting, along with several other places I would frequent. Unless things changed in the past year or two.
     
  18. armoredman

    armoredman
    Arizona
    Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    216
    Likes Received:
    274
    Was out there doing my video two days ago, main line was empty after it started raining. :)
     
    FJR, jsparky747 and MadDuner like this.
  19. Joe Link

    Joe Link
    Out West
    Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    1,802
    Likes Received:
    797
    Sounds like this is a happy trend :D
     
    armoredman likes this.
  20. AZOutdoorGear

    AZOutdoorGear
    Sahuarita, AZ
    Silver Vendor

    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    35
    Dang. They CLOSED this great place. South of Green Valley. Some called it "Sportsman's Range" Plenty of open area for many places to shoot. BUT.... according to the article in the Sahuarita Sun somebody decided to put up a locked gate with a No Trespassing sign. BOOOO. No_Trespassing.jpg
     

Share This Page