Thirty years ago, many people in Washington could still shoot a bow or a firearm from their back porch. That is not true today. Washington has six million people living here, and more are coming every year. In more and more areas of the state, it is not safe to shoot because of neighbors, livestock, or roads. In such areas, the only safe place to practice shooting is at archery clubs and shotgun, rifle, or pistol club ranges.
If you and your family are looking for a safe place to shoot, contact a local gun shop, your county sheriff, or your local police department. You also can ask your hunter education instructor or call the Department of Fish and Wildlife hunter education staff in Olympia.
Whether you shoot out in the desert, in the mountains, or at a range, be sure that you are safe! The safest backstop is a steep dirt bank that is free of rocks. Remember: Hard, flat surfaces; rocks; and even water can cause a bullet to ricochet. Never shoot at glass, cans, or other types of containers. Broken bottles and shot-up cans are rarely picked up. Such litter is unsightly…and unsafe to leave behind. Always be sure to pick up your targets, brass cases, etc., after shooting.