Monday, January 26, 2009

Outdoor Shooting in AZ Imperilled

by Alan Korwin, Author
The Arizona Gun Owner's Guide

Do you remember the Forest Service meetings several years back? The
announced purpose was to improve and enhance outdoor shooting in the
National Forests, the main place everyone used to go.

The actual result was closure of more than 80,000 acres to shooting -- all
the places near Phoenix metro (they're all listed in The Arizona Gun
Owner's Guide) that people had used for decades. The details are posted

Now the Bureau of Land Management is holding hearings on the use of Table
Mesa Road off I-17 for outdoor marksmanship ("officials" like to call it
"wildcat shooting" to denigrate outdoor marksmanship; never use their
derogatory phrase, and scold them if they do).

This is one of the few remaining outdoor spots for target practice
anywhere near Phoenix metro, and it gets a lot of use. I'm the first to
recognize there is some crossfire across some of those hills and knolls.
How to manage it all is complex. Keeping it open should be everyone's

I plan to be there if I can (I have some other commitments). If the future
of shooting sports and government encroachment on your rights is important,
join other marksmen who will be at the hearing, described below in an NRA
posting. Permission to circulate this note is of course granted (and

Respectfully submitted,

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BLM "Planning" the Future of Target Shooting at Table Mesa!
BLM "Planning" the Future of Target Shooting at Table Mesa!

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is developing a recreation plan for
Table Mesa, a site north of Phoenix that receives heavy recreational use
from target shooters and off-highway vehicle users.
In recent months, NRA has sent emails to our Arizona members about this
planning process and the importance of participating in it to ensure that
the interests of shooters are addressed in the plan. A number of NRA
members have participated in a clean up of Table Mesa and in preliminary
meetings about the plan.
The next set of meetings will be held on Tuesday, February 3 from 6 - 8
p.m. at the Deer Valley Senior Center, located at 2001 W. Wahalla Lane in
Phoenix. Another will be held Tuesday, February 17 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the
same location. (Take the 19th Ave. exit south 1 block off Rt. 101.)

If you target shoot at Table Mesa or want to ensure that access to federal
lands for target shooting is protected, please attend one of these public
meetings and stay tuned for upcoming events at BLM's website for Table
Mesa: Please look at the map on the web
page showing areas proposed for closure and areas proposed for opening and
be prepared at the meetings to discuss whether these alternatives work and
if there are other alternatives that need to be addressed. [I couldn't find
these on a quick look.]


Alan Korwin
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