Best Places to Shoot 1,000+ in Western Washington?

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I'm active duty Army stationed in northwestern Washington (Not Ft. Lewis). I'm looking to do some ELR shooting on State DNR or Federal National Forrest land. From my searches on the inter webs thus far it seems whenever someone asks about ELR shooting in the PNW, everyone wants to talk about their local 50, 100-500m ranges, gun clubs, or just contribute nothing by saying "not int the west!" I'm not looking for a gun club or an actual range; as of last year I am a member of the Wildlife Committee of WA.

I'm looking for DNR or national forest land that isn't completely covered by trees where one could ensure safe shoots 1,000m or further. I am figuring there are other snipers, long range marksmen, or hunters on here that have lived in this area that could help me. Hiking in and out a couple miles, and elevation aren't issues for me. If you have been on any trips/hikes/hunts and have seen spots where one could shoot safely into adjacent mountains/hills, or across open fields, that will work for me. For those also looking in this specific area, I saw someone post this place http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/trip-reports/trip_report.2012-04-22.7193883199 on another forum, but I'm trying to see if there is anywhere closer. I don't mind the drive, but I want to spend time with family and not make an entire day/weekend out of it. I do a lot of load testing and I want to gather dope throughout the year on multiple weapon systems, but not go broke filling up my tank. Thanks in advance for those who post something helpful!
 

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Most of these kinds of spots can be found with a bit of time searching Google maps satellite view for clear cuts and roads and areas that would present an opportunity to shoot. I'm not in your part of the state but I know there are shooters who are part of the PRS competition scene who are up that way and shoot pretty regularly and probably know the spots. Trouble is getting people to tell you where their honey-hole is. :)

If you come to some of the local matches it's pretty easy to make friends and get an "in" with the right people who know all the spots. There are a couple matches coming up soon in Wenatchee which probably isn't too far for you.
 
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There’s a good bit of opportunity.
You just need to look at BLM land on google maps then get eyes on potential candidates.
It took my a couple years to develop my spots in Washington and Oregon.
 

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West WA? The answer is very simple, NO. You need to go East WA to get 1000 yards. Most place in West WA is either too populated or too wooded.
 

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West WA? The answer is very simple, NO. You need to go East WA to get 1000 yards. Most place in West WA is either too populated or too wooded.
Generally true, but can be found if you hit the logging roads and look for clear cuts. Shooting over a road then usually becomes a problem though...

Spots are out there on the west side, but you gotta look for them. Active Army but not at Ft. Lewis, whereabouts are you then?
 

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There are several places where I can shoot out to a mile or near a mile. Biggest problem is that nearly every time I've revealed one of these places it gets over run & closed down so it takes some work for me to trust people enough.
Second problem is about 1/2 of those spots are well above snow line & won't be accessible for some time.
Also depends on where your AO is & how far you're willing to travel.
I've been shooting around here for about 20 years but I've been burned too many times.
If you're serious about it PM me & we'll start getting to know each other. Then maybe we'll meet up & shoot.
 

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West WA? The answer is very simple, NO. You need to go East WA to get 1000 yards. Most place in West WA is either too populated or too wooded.
Generally true, but can be found if you hit the logging roads and look for clear cuts. Shooting over a road then usually becomes a problem though...

Spots are out there on the west side, but you gotta look for them. Active Army but not at Ft. Lewis, whereabouts are you then?
This.
There’s some decent places where you can get a decent shooting line clear of rivers and roads.
 

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I am in the same AO as op and it can be tough to find good spots. There are spots but you have to deal with other people, intermittent access due to weather, road closures, fire danger, etc.
I would suggest trying to gain access to private property. I have had good luck with farmers and ranchers.
Even if it costs some time and $ initially, it can save lots of time and travel cost in the long run.
 
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I live in Cali and have a good process for finding long range spots. With that said, unless you have BLM land nearby, which tends to be open, it's very difficult to find spots on public land that are:

a) Open enough to get decent sight lines out to range
b) Have both shooting position and target access via vehicle
c) Don't have roads or water you're shooting across
d) Don't have people around

I would imagine that most, if not all, of the above are true in Washington and Oregon. I'm considering a move to either NW Oregon or SW Washington, and have done the same type of searches across the Western parts of both states. I found some candidates that, were I to live there, I'd scout out in my Jeep. However, I also found some amazing candidates on the western slopes of the Sierras near where I live now, and in all cases there were too many people around.

I've pretty much given up on it. Luckily, during the winter months, the BLM land a couple hours south is open, and I've also got access to a private range that goes out to 1500. In the summer months, I make a day of my shooting trips and drive 3-4 hours to the eastern slopes where trees are thinner, and people just aren't around. It's worth the drive just to be able to relax knowing no one is going to screw with me.
 

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I live in Cali and have a good process for finding long range spots. With that said, unless you have BLM land nearby, which tends to be open, it's very difficult to find spots on public land that are:

a) Open enough to get decent sight lines out to range
b) Have both shooting position and target access via vehicle
c) Don't have roads or water you're shooting across
d) Don't have people around

I would imagine that most, if not all, of the above are true in Washington and Oregon. I'm considering a move to either NW Oregon or SW Washington, and have done the same type of searches across the Western parts of both states. I found some candidates that, were I to live there, I'd scout out in my Jeep. However, I also found some amazing candidates on the western slopes of the Sierras near where I live now, and in all cases there were too many people around.

I've pretty much given up on it. Luckily, during the winter months, the BLM land a couple hours south is open, and I've also got access to a private range that goes out to 1500. In the summer months, I make a day of my shooting trips and drive 3-4 hours to the eastern slopes where trees are thinner, and people just aren't around. It's worth the drive just to be able to relax knowing no one is going to screw with me.
There’s some fantastic places to shoot in NW Oregon and SW Washington.
Eastern Washington and Oregon also have excellent opportunities.
 

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There’s some fantastic places to shoot in NW Oregon and SW Washington.
Eastern Washington and Oregon also have excellent opportunities.
Eastern and Central don't seem to be a problem. I've spent a lot of time in Central Oregon over the years (family there) and know there's a ton of open land with not a lot of people nearby.

If/when I move up there I might be asking for help on the western stuff :)
 

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Eastern and Central don't seem to be a problem. I've spent a lot of time in Central Oregon over the years (family there) and know there's a ton of open land with not a lot of people nearby.

If/when I move up there I might be asking for help on the western stuff :)
Oregon as a whole is pretty blessed as far as shooting areas for LR.
 

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Oregon as a whole is pretty blessed as far as shooting areas for LR.
Honestly, Oregon is pretty blessed as far as almost anything goes outdoors. My grandparents and an aunt/uncle moved there in 1976, and two more sets of aunt/uncles followed - along with associated cousins. I've been going there pretty much every year since. If my/my wife's job would have allowed me to move sooner, I would have. By far my favorite state.
 

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Honestly, Oregon is pretty blessed as far as almost anything goes outdoors. My grandparents and an aunt/uncle moved there in 1976, and two more sets of aunt/uncles followed - along with associated cousins. I've been going there pretty much every year since. If my/my wife's job would have allowed me to move sooner, I would have. By far my favorite state.
Tainted unfortunately by the kooks in Portland:(

But yea, good hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, food and beer.
 
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Its a pain, a buddy of mine’s son has a 100 acres and we shoot across a shallow canyon (for Western Washington) and up a hill in about a 10 year old impossible clear cut. Even painted bright colors, targets are fricking tough to find. Hoping to set some more out when the swamp becomes crossible. There’s a place in selah near Yakima that’s risky but there. Got another buddy in Moses lake that I plan to do some plinking with. Most of the ranges near me only go out to 200 but close the range for 600 matches. Eatonville and pe ell have close to 600. Pe ell is only 30$ a year.