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    Well, i went to the gun show this past weekend and got some goodies for my AK. I wanted to sight my scope, etc so i went out at sunrise yesterday before it got too hot. I was 1/2 done when i saw a white, marked pickup truck headed my way navigating the trail.

    "oh boy" i said. cop or fellow shooter?

    turns out, it was a BLM officer. I was working with a fully loaded AK and was OCing my sidearm. i was sure i was going to see backup and possibly thrown up against my truck...

    Not the case at all.

    the man was very nice. i asked him - sir, is it ok to shoot out here? he said, well, no...it's technically illegal. My first words were "ooh, really, i am sorry, let me clean up and get out of here". the man got out of his truck, approached me and to my surprise did not care one bit that i was armed at all - not even a look at my side.

    He gave me a map and showed me where i was in relation to BLM property. he actually went to far as to point out where i can shoot w/o any issues. I let him know that people shoot here often and more times then none, i am not alone here. He knew all about it, but it was not their highest priority, esp. that weekend.

    So needless to say, i have to find a new place to shoot my long guns, but its no biggy.

    I cleaned up all my brass and targets and left.



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    yeahYeah wrote:
    Well, i went to the gun show this past weekend and got some goodies for my AK. I wanted to sight my scope, etc so i went out at sunrise yesterday before it got too hot. I was 1/2 done when i saw a white, marked pickup truck headed my way navigating the trail.

    "oh boy" i said. cop or fellow shooter?

    turns out, it was a BLM officer. I was working with a fully loaded AK and was OCing my sidearm. i was sure i was going to see backup and possibly thrown up against my truck...

    Not the case at all.

    the man was very nice. i asked him - sir, is it ok to shoot out here? he said, well, no...it's technically illegal. My first words were "ooh, really, i am sorry, let me clean up and get out of here". the man got out of his truck, approached me and to my surprise did not care one bit that i was armed at all - not even a look at my side.

    He gave me a map and showed me where i was in relation to BLM property. he actually went to far as to point out where i can shoot w/o any issues. I let him know that people shoot here often and more times then none, i am not alone here. He knew all about it, but it was not their highest priority, esp. that weekend.

    So needless to say, i have to find a new place to shoot my long guns, but its no biggy.

    I cleaned up all my brass and targets and left.

    Great encounter!

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    Where were you shooting???

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    north of the 215 beltway - about 4 miles from aliante.

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    I don't know the area that you are referring to. I go, as do some other members, out to the area(s) near Sloan. There is always other people shooting out there, and from the map I've seen it's perfectly legal.

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    icode wrote:
    I don't know the area that you are referring to. I go, as do some other members, out to the area(s) near Sloan. There is always other people shooting out there, and from the map I've seen it's perfectly legal.
    i have heard a lot about sloan...where abouts? it's a hike from me though. the BLM guy gave me 2 locations off 95 and 93 closer to me.

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    South of Vegas on the I-15, you will see the Sloan exit. Take it and go South on Las Vegas Blvd about 3 miles. You will see a cell tower across I-15 to your right (east), on the left (west) you will see a dirt road and a gravel pit. There is usually always someone shooting right in the gravel pit. I usually travel up the dirt road a bit farther for safety and privacy. It's hotter than hell out there, take lots of water and a full tank of gas, in case you need the air conditioner. There's miles of roads and lots of cool places to shoot, my family and I always have a great time.

    Shane.

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    icode wrote:
    South of Vegas on the I-15, you will see the Sloan exit. Take it and go South on Las Vegas Blvd about 3 miles. You will see a cell tower across I-15 to your right (east), on the left (west) you will see a dirt road and a gravel pit. There is usually always someone shooting right in the gravel pit. I usually travel up the dirt road a bit farther for safety and privacy. It's hotter than hell out there, take lots of water and a full tank of gas, in case you need the air conditioner. There's miles of roads and lots of cool places to shoot, my family and I always have a great time.

    Shane.
    i may have to check it out...

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    yeahYeah wrote:
    icode wrote:
    I don't know the area that you are referring to. I go, as do some other members, out to the area(s) near Sloan. There is always other people shooting out there, and from the map I've seen it's perfectly legal.
    i have heard a lot about sloan...where abouts? it's a hike from me though. the BLM guy gave me 2 locations off 95 and 93 closer to me.
    Care to share those with us?

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    95 north - mile marker 102 - he said there are sand dune on the east side thats open for shooting. 93 north on the east side as the road dog legs to the north west...

    everything else is BLM, nation wildlife areas, or dept. of defense.

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    yeahYeah wrote:
    95 north - mile marker 102 - he said there are sand dune on the east side thats open for shooting. 93 north on the east side as the road dog legs to the north west...

    everything else is BLM, nation wildlife areas, or dept. of defense.
    it's my understanding that shooting on BLM land is legal? is that not correct? or is this just a clark county thing?

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    njeske wrote:
    it's my understanding that shooting on BLM land is legal? is that not correct? or is this just a clark county thing?

    BLM Land should be good to go as long as you are complying with local law (distance from buildings, roads, etc...)

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    ScottyT wrote:
    njeske wrote:
    it's my understanding that shooting on BLM land is legal? is that not correct? or is this just a clark county thing?

    BLM Land should be good to go as long as you are complying with local law (distance from buildings, roads, etc...)
    Not true. BLM has restrictions. I posted links to info in this post.

    The specific BLM info is here.

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    bobernet wrote:
    ScottyT wrote:
    njeske wrote:
    it's my understanding that shooting on BLM land is legal? is that not correct? or is this just a clark county thing?

    BLM Land should be good to go as long as you are complying with local law (distance from buildings, roads, etc...)
    Not true. BLM has restrictions. I posted links to info in this post.

    The specific BLM info is here.
    Good info, thanks. There are a lot more restrictions down in the Vegas area. The only BLM land off limits in my neck of the woods are the designated recreation areas. Everywhere else you are good to go (in accordance with state law, of course).

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    ScottyT wrote:
    bobernet wrote:
    ScottyT wrote:
    njeske wrote:
    it's my understanding that shooting on BLM land is legal? is that not correct? or is this just a clark county thing?

    BLM Land should be good to go as long as you are complying with local law (distance from buildings, roads, etc...)
    Not true. BLM has restrictions. I posted links to info in this post.

    The specific BLM info is here.
    Good info, thanks. There are a lot more restrictions down in the Vegas area. The only BLM land off limits in my neck of the woods are the designated recreation areas. Everywhere else you are good to go (in accordance with state law, of course).
    Ok. That answers my question. Those restrictions are specific to Las Vegas.

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    He made it clear about BLM property around vegas is different because of the population growth. it was at one time not off limits to shooting/off roading, but now it is.

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    Does any one shoot at jean lake? And does any one know wear nelson hill is?

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    Does any one shoot at jean lake? And does any one know wear nelson hill is?
    Jean Lake? You mean here? http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...amp;iwloc=addr

    I shoot close to it. Take that road past the end of the pavement to here. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...amp;iwloc=addr

    Never heard the name Nelson Hill, though.

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    AnakinsKid wrote:
    dedede69 wrote:
    Does any one shoot at jean lake? And does any one know wear nelson hill is?
    Jean Lake? You mean here? http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...amp;iwloc=addr

    I shoot close to it. Take that road past the end of the pavement to here. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...amp;iwloc=addr

    Never heard the name Nelson Hill, though.
    do you get off the sloan exit for this? i am headed out to sloan tomorrow to where icode says he shoots.

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    Ya right their looking for a wide open place to shoot.

    Was told by Robert Wandel at BLM that nelson hill was the closes place to shoot at near Henderson.

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    yeahYeah wrote:
    AnakinsKid wrote:
    dedede69 wrote:
    Does any one shoot at jean lake? And does any one know wear nelson hill is?
    Jean Lake? You mean here? http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...amp;iwloc=addr

    I shoot close to it. Take that road past the end of the pavement to here. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...amp;iwloc=addr

    Never heard the name Nelson Hill, though.
    do you get off the sloan exit for this? i am headed out to sloan tomorrow to where icode says he shoots.
    Yeah. I usually get off at St Rose Parkway and take Las Vegas Bl all the way out, but you can take I15 to Sloan. The road going back where I shoot has a sign that says "Southern Nevada Lightweight, x Miles To Pit". The sign isn't the most visible, since it's not right by the road.

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    I am familiar with that area. It sounds like you may have wandered into the wildlife refuge area. I'm pretty sure that shooting on that land isn't permitted.

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