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Arizona Ranges

In a discussion about shooting the other day, an Arizona native told me that you can go out in the desert and shoot a lot of places. I've been looking online at the restrictions and it seems the same as any place in Nebraska. Basically, you can't shoot too close to houses and blah blah blah. So my question is for you Arizona Jeeples, where do you go shooting in the desert? I live in the Chandler area and I hate going to the indoor ranges (for many reasons) so I would really like to go outdoors and shoot. Any suggestions of good places?

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You could go to Ben Avery range.

http://www.azgfd.gov/outdoor_recreation/ben_avery.shtml

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That's one that gets mentioned around here frequently. Is there any truth behind the claim that you can go outside in the desert and shoot anywhere? The "native" I was speaking to said he goes out near Bartlett Lake and shoots right by a Ranger station. I can't tell if he was joking around or what. He seemed positive about it. Then I noticed how many empty beers he had sitting in front of him and I really wondered.

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Ben Avery, Joe Foss are the two most popular outdoor ranges. If you do the whole outside city limits thing, pack in everything you pack out. The BLM has been itching to find reasons to shut down trails. If you had seen what people had done to Watson Rd. in Buckeye, it's disgusting!

If you look at the washes off to the left, the white dots is all garbage from shooting.


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That's just sad. People need to clean up their stuff. Thanks for the insight.

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Yes it is true that you can go almost anywhere.

http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/recreation/shoot.html

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My wife and I went to Ben Avery this weekend. It was OK at best. I see why people like it but there were just WAY TOO many people there and since I didn't know any of them, I was pretty uncomfortable. I guess I'm just not a fan of that many people (some were obviously WAY inexperienced with guns) in one place. One guy had a malfunction in his pistol and brought the gun over to a Range Master (while still trying to fix it...big no no). The RM freaked out (which was cool to watch) but just shows that some people don't know what they are doing. Too many chances for problems and really unsafe practices. Plus, I wasn't aware that children would be running around there. I'm just not a fan of having five year old kids running around like crazy little people and their parents weren't watching them. Some of the kids were just plain scared because of all the noises. Parents were oblivious to their children and at one point, one little boy asked if my wife would let him sit on her lap. She obliged of course and he said he was freaked out. Too much drama in 106 degree heat.

The Range Masters were great though except the one that kept coming up to me asking about the gun I was shooting...WHILE I was shooting. Not cool. The day wasn't a total loss though. We went to the clay shooting area and that was awesome. I've never seen a set up like that and it was really fun. It was pretty intimidating watching younger kids shoot SO well.

Thanks Uncle Sames Misguided Child, I'm going to take a peek at the BLM info. Maybe that is just a better option for me and my anxiety!! LOL

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Joe Foss is a lot better, but, it's a hump for you from the East Valley. I agree regarding Ben Avery, I don't go there.

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Joe Foss is a lot better, but, it's a hump for you from the East Valley. I agree regarding Ben Avery, I don't go there.
Joe Foss is just over an hour away and Ben Avery is just about an hour. I may go check out Joe Foss with the hope it is safer "feeling". Thanks again for the tip!

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Joe Foss is just over an hour away and Ben Avery is just about an hour. I may go check out Joe Foss with the hope it is safer "feeling". Thanks again for the tip!
The few times I have been there, it felt low keyed and VERY controlled, they take cease fires very seriously and they will bounce you for leaving the podium with a weapon that isn't clear.

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Be aware of the fire restrictions. Shooting on public lands in the summer is usually banned due to the fire hazard.
http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/fire.html
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Be aware of the fire restrictions. Shooting on public lands in the summer is usually banned due to the fire hazard.
http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/fire.html
That's one of the reasons I have doubted that we can just go out and shoot stuff in the desert. It's so dry and there are so many fires. Thanks for posting all of this info.

Does this make anyone else want to shoot as much as me?! HA!

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When I lived in Tucson we would go up Reddington road and bring out some targets, and a couple trash bags. Didn't seem to help as there was always way more trash the next time we went out than there was when we left the last time. I heard that there are houses out there now. So last time I was back we went down to Green Valley and a place my FIL shoots at from time to time. Again it was getting pretty trashy.
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It usually takes enough gas to get anywhere that's truly legal to shoot in the desert, that I just go to Rio Salado and shoot; closer for me.

http://www.riosaladosportsmans.com/

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When I lived in Tucson we would go up Reddington road and bring out some targets, and a couple trash bags. Didn't seem to help as there was always way more trash the next time we went out than there was when we left the last time. I heard that there are houses out there now. So last time I was back we went down to Green Valley and a place my FIL shoots at from time to time. Again it was getting pretty trashy.
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