Can I target practice in the Apalachicola National Forest?
March 26, 2012, QUESTION: I was looking for a place to do my own target shooting in the Apalachicola National Forest (not at the shooting range). I wanted to know the rules and regulations on target shooting there so I don't cause any trouble.
ANSWER: I located two sources regarding the rules and regulations for firearms and target practice in the Apalachicola National Forest. The first one is the website for the The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. The U.S. Forest Services states that "Weapons are not allowed on National Forest lands outside of hunting seasons. Firearm ranges are the exception. Firing a gun is not allowed: a) in or within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site or occupied area; b) across or on a road or body of water; c) in any circumstance whereby any person may be injured or property damaged; and d) outside of hunting season, unless a specific supervisor’s order exists stating otherwise."
My second source for firearm/target practice regulations is the Apalachicola Wildlife Management Area regulations brochure. The brochure states: "Target practice is prohibited, except at the shooting range."
So I'm sorry to say, but it looks like the shooting range is the only legal place you can got to target practice in the Apalachicola National Forest.
You can find information regarding the Apalachicola Public Shooting Range on my website HERE.
I hope you find this information helpful.