Target Practicing in idaho

Question:

I live out in Acequia area and i wanted to find out where I can shoot My rifles and handguns for target practice. Me and my father inlaw have been trying to find places where we can go but we are really far from a target range and wanted to see how far away you have to be from the road to shoot and if it illegal to shoot in our backyard. we live off of 400 east and about 500 north.

Answer:

I live out in Acequia area and i wanted to find out where I can shoot My rifles and handguns for target practice. Me and my father inlaw have been trying to find places where we can go but we are really far from a target range and wanted to see how far away you have to be from the road to shoot and if it illegal to shoot in our backyard. we live off of 400 east and about 500 north.

Answer:  You may target practice anywhere you have permission on private land or essentially on all public land (BLM, USFS, USBOR, or Idaho Dept of Lands property).

Understand even though you have rights to use public land, you assume all liabiltity if something goes wrong, such as someone is injured or you start a fire.  Incidently there is currently an open fire  and smoking restriction on nearly all public land in southern Idaho.

If you live in the county and are not under any county shooting restrictions such as restrictions near hospitals, schools, airports, etc then as long as you can shoot safely; with a safe backstop you may target practice at your residence.  Again this assumes a safe location and permission from the landowners.

I know there are some shooting ranges in the Mini-Cassia area but I don't know where they are.  I suggest you stop at a local sporting goods store to inquire about local shooting areas.  If you come to the T-F/Jerome area there are 2 good ranges.  The T-F gun club for trap & skeep and the Jerome Rod and Gun Club at mile post 64 along hwy 75 north of Jerome for rifle/pistol/sporting clays/pistol silouette/cowboy action shooting.

If you have any further questions feel free to call me at the Magic Valley regional office 208-324-4350

Gary Hompland, Regional Conservation Officer