Letter: Shooters becoming slobs
Shooters Take Notice! I am tired of cleaning up after you! As an active member of the Stewards of Public Lands, we make those extra efforts to keep our public lands special by cleaning up other people’s messes. Many shooters have rapidly elevated themselves into the “slob” category by leaving behind much trash and litter which not only is unsightly and unhealthy but could result in State and Federal land administrators closing their lands to shooting.
It is OK to shoot but it is not OK to be a slob. Please clean up after yourselves: pick up your brass and empty casings, take your boxes and targets home with you, please do not shoot bottles or pieces of tile, and it is definitely not OK to bring out old TVs and computer monitors or other appliances to shoot up and leave behind. When shooting at clay pigeons, do it at an approved location or pick up the remnants and missed pigeons. It takes many years for them to decay or dissolve in our dry climate.
If you are a responsible shooter or a non-shooter, please help to communicate this message as the “shooter-slobs” are going to ruin it for everyone. It is privilege to be able to freely use the public lands and I ask you to help protect and respect this wonderful asset that we have here in the Verde Valley.