Here's how to find a place to shoot.
Open up Google Maps
Find yourself a National Forest, a State Forest, a Wildlife Area (not a refuge), a BLM tract.
Look for clear cut areas with hills. Hills make good berms.
The more accessible it is, the more likely other people will use it. If you have to get out of the truck and hike/carry your stuff in, you're likely to be left alone.
Don't shoot from on or across a road.
Have fun. Clean up after. Don't tell anyone about your new honey hole.
I will now give some anecdotal experience story time.
Some friends invited me to shoot at a location in a state forest. You can't drive to the shooting positions, you have to carry all your gear up hill and there's steel plates from 100-575yds. So unless you know, you don't know and you won't bother going over there. I've taken two people there over the past three years and most of the time, there is never anyone at that spot unless it's a hunting season. It's a shared resource, so when I showed up to shoot last year and there was a hunter posted in my line of fire, I just had to go somewhere else.
Yesterday I needed to fire a round from my 300 WM to confirm my DOPE. I walked a steel plate for five minutes away from my camp to a safe berm that's also beyond another camp. I told the guys in that camp two days prior that I would be shooting, and from from to where. Then I made the walk back, got in my truck drove around the drainage and got setup. It's a 300yd distance, whatev....BOOM, WHACK. Then I heard someone yelling. Drove back to camp, walked back to the target and got yelled at by one of the campers on the way about "We're hunting tomorrow. Why would you be shooting?" The exchange was brief. It's public land. It's a shared resource and there's over 166,000 acres of hunting available for them and their draw tag. Plus the area has been open to modern firearm hunting since August 1, along with seasons for bow hunters, and muzzleloader hunters.
So just keep in mind it's your land to use too and no one's use of the land to recreate is more important than yours. Your use is equal to theirs.
Added Bonus. Don't use state forests or other public lands within firearm restricted areas such as Tiger Mountain State Forest to target shoot with.
Here's some links: https://www.fs.fed.us/visit/know-before-you-go/shootinghttps://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mbs/alerts-notices/?cid=stelprdb5324910
Triple Added Bonus. There's VERY little public land 97. If you're driving that far to shoot. You'd definitely put in the miles but, that's a long way to go for a no shoot.
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