Recreational Shooting on the Black Hills National Forest  

May 3, 2017

Custer, SD  – Recreational shooting is popular and a long standing tradition in the Black Hills. When shooting, please take safety precautions, be aware of your surroundings and be respectful of surrounding natural resources. Clean-up of target shooting areas and responsible use by the public allows the Forest Service to keep areas open for enjoyment by everyone.

The Black Hills National Forest does not have designated target shooting areas. For information on a specific area, please call a local Forest Service Office.

Prohibited shooting activities on the Forest include: no discharging a weapon within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site or occupied area, within or into a cave, across or on a road or body of water or in any manner that endangers a person.

regional closure order prohibits un-permitted explosives on National Forest System Lands, specifically to prohibit the use of exploding targets. Persons shooting at exploding targets can face a fine of up to $5,000 or imprisonment of not more than 6 months, or both.

Shooting must not cause damage to facilities or natural resources, disrupt other uses or endanger public safety. Targets, wads, shells, brass and other refuse should be removed when shooting is done. To help prevent wildfire starts when shooting, ensure the target area is free of rocks as sparks from ricochets are common.  Be responsible for your action and follow outdoor ethics, Leave No Trace  and Tread Lightly! on federal lands.

For more information on the Black Hills National Forest, call (605) 673-9200, visit or download the new Forest phone app at: (iPhone/iPad) (Android)

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