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Tue., April 29, 2014, 9:04 a.m.

Unethical marksmen shooting sport in the foot

Signs posted by the Idaho Panhandle National Forests requesting that shooters be responsible for cleaning up their mess at a target shooting site near Hayden Creek were destroyed by gunfire within a few months during the summer of 2013.   (U.S. Forest Service)
Signs posted by the Idaho Panhandle National Forests requesting that shooters be responsible for cleaning up their mess at a target shooting site near Hayden Creek were destroyed by gunfire within a few months during the summer of 2013. (U.S. Forest Service)

SHOOTING -- Shooters have a widespread issue to deal with, regardless of their perspective on the mind-boggling surge in firearms sales in recent years and movements that have liberalized the application of firearms in national parks and college campuses.

No one can deny that there's an unethical element out there trashing public and private lands with their makeshift shooting ranges.

Most recently, the jerks have eliminated places to shoot in Spokane County and they're on the verge of eliminating a traditional shooting site in Idaho's Kootenai County.

It's little solace to learn that Canada is having the same issues:

Makeshift shooting ranges in S. Alberta anger cattle ranchers
Target shooters are setting up targets around southern Alberta, putting ranchers, their herds and backcountry hikers and riders at risk of stray bullets, but law enforcement officials said there few regulations on firearms in Kananaskis Country, making shutting down such ranges difficult.
-- Calgary Herald

 

 




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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.