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Old 12-14-2011, 10:01 AM   #291
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No ma'am... contrary to what some folks seem to think, the desert is not all flat. There are undulations, hills, valleys, and some mountains that will provide a natural backstop for you. As one of the sacred texts says... be sure of your target, and what's beyond it. I would suggest that a cursory inspection of the proposed "berm" be relatively free of large rocks, that may cause a ricochet, then have a good time, and a safe trip.

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I guess I'll have to see what it looks like if and when I get there. My sister was adamant on building a backstop of some sort. I know she would like me to shoot some of the local javalinas but they are protected and one cannot shoot them. I don't think I'm ready to shoot an animal, anyway. I just know she hates those animals. They eat anything she plants into the ground.

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Old 12-14-2011, 11:18 AM   #293
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If the javalina's are tearing up food gardens, or property, some States will grant nuisance permits to hunt 'em. Might be worth a phone call. If you do get to hunt 'em... take a large caliber handgun, and be able to climb trees... when I was a kid in TX, I shot one with a 30-30, and the rest of the pack came after me... The only way I'd hunt 'em now would be from a safe position. I'm too old to run from 'em any more.

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Like Jay said...
I've rarely seen a truly flat desert. I'm sure you can find a natural backstop unless she just lives in one if those semi rare places in the US that look like parking lots.

As for the javelinas, I don't advocate illegal actions, but towards some nuisance animals in my old stomping grounds there's an unspoken policy called "shoot, shovel, and shut up". The best thing to do though is to make that phone call and get a nuisance permit.

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My sister is on her own with her javalinas. I'm not going to shoot any.

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Sometimes that's the best choice.

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I would NEVER shoot into the desert without a backstop. You could set up a pretty simple backstop out of railroad ties or something like that with some earth behind it. Spend a little time making it right and you and she would get years of use out of it. You could also just shoot in a ravine, they are all over the place in the desert, you just can't see them because they are below the surface. I would recommend that if you use a ravine you find one where you could get maybe 100 yards out of it for rifles.

As Jay says make sure there are no large rocks that could cause a ricochet.

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I would NEVER shoot into the desert without a backstop. You could set up a pretty simple backstop out of railroad ties or something like that with some earth behind it. Spend a little time making it right and you and she would get years of use out of it. You could also just shoot in a ravine, they are all over the place in the desert, you just can't see them because they are below the surface. I would recommend that if you use a ravine you find one where you could get maybe 100 yards out of it for rifles.

As Jay says make sure there are no large rocks that could cause a ricochet.
My sister doesn't own any guns and I just have two handguns. We won't be shooting any rifles. I have never been to her place so I don't know the lay of the land around here. I'll have to ask her to scope it out for us. I just get all excited when I have the opportunity to shoot anything other than paper targets.
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WOC have you thought of taking up hunting?

I'm back at it again for the first time in over 10 years, and love it more than ever!

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WOC have you thought of taking up hunting?

I'm back at it again for the first time in over 10 years, and love it more than ever!
I'd count being Marine as hunting
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