Los Padres National Forest Extends Recreational Shooting Ban for Six Months

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Source: Los Padres National Forest

Los Padres National Forest officials announced that the Forest Order prohibiting recreational shooting except in permitted gun ranges has been extended until June 30, 2021, to provide for public safety due to continuing high fire danger conditions and the potential for a wildfire sparked by target shooting.

With minimal winter rainfall to date, live fuel moisture levels across the Forest have not significantly rebounded from last year and remain near critical levels. Predictive weather forecasts indicate persistent, strong offshore wind events through the spring that will likely further reduce fuel moisture levels.

Long-range weather models have consistently shown well below normal precipitation and drier than average weather with a high likelihood of elevated temperatures through the spring months. If these forecasts are accurate, fire activity could occur weeks earlier this year.

Preventing accidental starts from recreational shooting under dry conditions is key to protecting life and property. Shooting ranges under permit by Los Padres National Forest monitor and implement preventative measures to avoid accidental starts.

Under this Forest Order, discharging a firearm is prohibited except in the designated target ranges at the Winchester Canyon Gun Club and the Ojai Valley Gun Club. Persons hunting during the open hunting season as specified in the laws of the State of California and having a valid California hunting license are exempt from this Forest Order.

A violation of this prohibition is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.

For additional information, please visit the Forest website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/lpnf/home.

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DBD Jan 08, 2021 02:13 PM
Los Padres National Forest Extends Recreational Shooting Ban for Six Months

These are guns that shoot projectiles, not flare guns. I have heard of fires starting near shooting ranges but these are extremely rare, and that is with 10's of thousands of rounds being fired. The odds of firing one round into a game animal and starting a fire are zero.

PitMix Jan 08, 2021 02:46 PM
Los Padres National Forest Extends Recreational Shooting Ban for Six Months

Sail, live and learn. According to a study by the BLM in 2013, if the bullets hit a rock that can spark, then the spark dropping into the surrounding dry grass can start the fire. When a bullet hits a target it can also shatter, then the kinetic energy turns to heat..and when the hot parts land in the dry vegetation, it can start a fire.

a-1610175308 Jan 08, 2021 10:55 PM
Los Padres National Forest Extends Recreational Shooting Ban for Six Months

From a Wikipedia article on green ammunition:

Wildfire considerations
Some of a bullet's kinetic energy is typically converted to heat if the bullet strikes a hard surface like rock. Collision debris may include high temperature bullet fragments as sparks. Steel core and solid copper ammunition have the highest potential to start wildfires. Lead core bullets are less likely to ignite surrounding vegetation.

Sail380 Jan 09, 2021 10:44 AM
Los Padres National Forest Extends Recreational Shooting Ban for Six Months

Showing your knowledge again.. That’s a strange assessment of hunters. How do you know hunters are rule breakers? Hunters don’t use steel core, there is no benefit in using steel core for hunting. In fact with fines, loss of equipment and loss of rights, it’s about the worst choice. Please learn about your subject matter..

Sail380 Jan 08, 2021 03:10 PM
Los Padres National Forest Extends Recreational Shooting Ban for Six Months

Multiple bullets while hunting is another good question. Did you know there is a limit on how many rounds your firearm may hold while hunting? Its one of the first things the game warden checks when chatting with you. The limit on quail is 10 per day, That means I have to reload my Perazzi MX8 Sporting at least 5 times. Beretta A400 maybe 4 times.

DBD Jan 08, 2021 03:31 PM
Los Padres National Forest Extends Recreational Shooting Ban for Six Months

Pit, have you ever been hunting before? There are a lot of rules, ethics and etiquette for hunters. Part of this is ensuring you are using the correct caliber, projectile size/weight, for the size and distance of game you are hunting. There should be no excuse for NOT dropping an animal with one round. No one wants to spoil meat with a poorly placed shot, or more than one shot to the vitals.

a-1610174341 Jan 08, 2021 10:39 PM
Los Padres National Forest Extends Recreational Shooting Ban for Six Months

I'm pro-gun control. Hunters are the last people I'd criticize over gun usage. I realize "gun owners" and "hunters" overlap. This is a gray issue, AS ALL ISSUES ARE. There will never be a seizure of guns from citizens in the USA. Well, never say never. Until recently I never thought recent events would happen. I hope things get better, eventually.

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