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Posted: 6/6/2017 7:24:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/6/2017 7:25:28 PM EDT by Ranb]
The DNR is once again holding a meeting to obtain input on establishing an improved shooting area in the Tahuya Forest.  If you want a rifle range in the forest, then it would be a good idea to show up.

 Meeting Link

June 20, 2017
6:30 to 8:30 P.M.

North Mason High School Cafeteria
150 E. North Mason School Road
Belfair, WA 98528
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The last meeting I attended had nearly 100 people most of whom wanted better shooting opportunities in the forest.  There were a few who wanted to see all shooting prohibited.  If shooters don't show up to tell the DNR they want a range, the anti-gun people will tell the DNR they don't want it and will prevail.  

DNR continues conversations for Tahuya State Forest target shooting range
June 20 meeting set in Belfair for input on proposed site locations  

DNR is inviting target shooters, recreationists, forest workers, nearby homeowners and other members of the public to join in discussions this summer around proposed shooting range locations in Tahuya State Forest, the agency announced today.

This follows a series of public meetings DNR held in June 2016 that provided opportunities for residents, forest visitors and others to weigh in with their views on how DNR can best offer opportunities for target shooting in popular state forests, including Tahuya State Forest, while enhancing public safety, providing diverse recreation opportunities and supporting the agency’s revenue-generating activities.

“From our meetings last summer, we heard a wide range of ideas for Tahuya State Forest,” said Glenn Glover, DNR’s acting statewide recreation manager. “One of the clearest was the support of a developed range. With a range, we see opportunities for enhanced stewardship of the state’s natural resources and safety for forest visitors and nearby homeowners.”

The upcoming public forum is intended to provide a chance to comment on a number of proposed shooting ranges and other considerations DNR staff used to identify these locations.

“Now, being thoughtful in our approach, we want to connect again with all interested stakeholders to help inform our local knowledge for these proposed sites and enhance our understanding of each site’s opportunities and concerns,” Glover said.

The meeting begins with a 6:30 p.m. presentation followed by an open house and opportunities to provide comments. Join agency staff 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20 at the North Mason High School Cafeteria, 150 E. North Mason School Road, Belfair, WA 98528.
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As far as I know the DNR is not going to build us a 1000 yard range or even a smaller one with sheltered shooting benches.  They did seem to be interested in building a tall impact berm with flat spots for shooting mats at 300 yards.  This would be a ton better than the little pit near Herd Road.

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Link Posted: 6/21/2017 11:47:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/21/2017 11:48:08 PM EDT by Ranb]

At the Belfair meeting, DNR representatives presented two possible locations for a target shooting area and invited comment on additional sites to be considered.

The options are a site near Tahuya Blacksmith Road and a site at the junction of Belfair Tahuya Road and Hurd Road, called the Mission-Hurd option.
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It's going to be a long time before we have a decent place to shoot n Tahuya though.

A few people expressed doubts that all shooters would use a designated shooting area. Many requested more enforcement in the meantime, since it will take the state up to five years to finish the public process, conduct an environmental review and secure funding for a site.
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Link Posted: 6/22/2017 9:21:28 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Ranb:
It's going to be a long time before we have a decent place to shoot n Tahuya though.
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This is a marathon, not a sprint race.
Look at the bright side, at least the DNR is looking at ways to increase recreation on DNR land and not gate it off.
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