Best advice I can give you is understand when you’re new to shooting your handling skills, range rules, and muscle memory are developing. If you’re going to be on your own be sure to not get lazy in developing those things.Hi all! Been a great few months getting acquainted to owning and shooting my pistol at a range. I’ve been new to all things gun ownership, and all things living in Texas so it’s been a learning process getting acclimated. Love it all. (I voted today btw, all red across the board. That’s a first and it felt great.)
Anyway, my question: I’d like to venture out into the wilderness on a hike somewhere, set up a steel target, and fire off rounds in seclusion. Im originally from New England, and although I didn’t own a firearm, hiking out to remote areas and taking in nature was a favorite pastime of mine. I’d like to do the same in Texas, but also go shooting
I don’t know where to begin with this activity though. There doesn’t seem to be readily available information other than hunting protocol. Whatre some thoughts on how to legally and safely go about hiking and shooting? Best practices? Your experiences?
I think you must somehow get to know someone with enough land and get them to allow you to set up on their land. I know my son-in-law has some friends that own some property outside of Dallas and they let him go out there and do that with his kids. It's just some guy he knows that is also a fireman and is OK with SIL using it. But it is a couple of hours away from home and he only goes out there maybe a couple of times a year. Not very convenient.Public land where you can set up steel and shoot, basically zero in Texas.
But clubs have rules... I hate rules!!!For a nominal sum you can become a gun club member.
How much is a nominal sum?
About $200.00 for an annual membership. In today's dollars, that's a bargain.
As you've been advised finding a no cost place to shoot is a big, big challenge, joining a club...not so much.