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M&P15T
11-09-2012, 09:28
I have this odd need to go hiking carrying my rifle, but for the life of me I have no idea where to do this relatively close to me.

I would just like to experience the out-of-doors armed, and do it in an area where I wouldn't run into anyone so no one would freak out, or where carrying a rifle wouldn't be out-of-place.

Can anyone suggest a place near the 22204 area code? Max 1-2 hours drive?

John Rambo
11-09-2012, 09:29
How many house plants do you have?

M&P15T
11-09-2012, 09:31
How many house plants do you have?

Zero, zilch, nada.

How comes you be askin'.

devildog2067
11-09-2012, 09:33
I have this odd need to go hiking carrying my rifle, but for the life of me I have no idea where to do this relatively close to me.

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2753/4134374962_ea2df9d910.jpg

They might have some ideas.

(Seriously--the woods with a rifle is pretty much like the woods without a rifle, unless people are shooting at you. You're not missing much. But go for it if you have the itch.)

M&P15T
11-09-2012, 09:39
They might have some ideas.

(Seriously--the woods with a rifle is pretty much like the woods without a rifle, unless people are shooting at you. You're not missing much. But go for it if you have the itch.)

I have the itch, and it must be scratched. Any ideas on where to do it? Should I just drive west on I-66, find a wooded area, park and grab my rifle and go?

I've never tried doing such a thing, I wouldn't even know what was private and public areas. I could google hiking areas in my neck of the woods, but I wouldn't want to cross paths with some liberal hippie while carrying a firearm, and have them stroke-out.

Hauptmann6
11-09-2012, 09:48
Get a hunting license and noone will say crap.

M&P15T
11-09-2012, 09:51
Get a hunting license and noone will say crap.

That still wouldn't answer the "where" part.

If I was back in S.W. Michigan, I'd just head to my Uncle's house in Berrien Springs and hike out from their place. Hell, my Uncle would join me.

Around here is the problem. I literally have no idea of what to Google....hiking areas near 22204? Hunting areas near 22204? Just check Google earth and look for a large piece of land that has no buildings on it?

Atlas
11-09-2012, 10:01
Open carry is legal in Virginia.
If I'm not mistaken, no permit is require to carry openly.

M&P15T
11-09-2012, 10:07
Open carry is legal in Virginia.
If I'm not mistaken, no permit is require to carry openly.

Yes, I know that......

But WHERE do I go? Can I go hiking in a State Park with my AR? How do I even start looking for places to go hiking? Is there a HikingTalk.com?

This State has some absolutely beautiful wooded and hilly country I'd love to hike around in, I just have absolutely no idea on how to get started.

Hauptmann6
11-09-2012, 10:25
If you look at the state DNR site, they might have a map of all public hunting land. Michigan has that.

M&P15T
11-09-2012, 10:34
Well, I joined a hiking forum I found. Maybe I can get some good info there.

Batesmotel
11-09-2012, 15:07
If you look at the state DNR site, they might have a map of all public hunting land. Michigan has that.

This. Find a nice place to go small game hunting.

RWBlue
11-09-2012, 15:22
Not 2 hours away, but .....George Washington National Forest is the closest place I know. Go camping at designated spots walk around with a gun. NO TARGET practicing.

dango
11-09-2012, 15:28
Supply and Demand .!

We keep doing this to ourselves.........!:dunno:

Hauptmann6
11-09-2012, 15:31
Well, I joined a hiking forum I found. Maybe I can get some good info there.

You could also go to the local sporting goods store and talk to them about where there is good public hunting land.

Adjuster
11-09-2012, 16:17
Yep I would just go squirrel hunting in the closest national forest/public lands. Should be pretty easy to find in your area. Your state paper map or even Google maps probably will tell you.


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RWBlue
11-09-2012, 16:25
Yep I would just go squirrel hunting in the closest national forest/public lands. Should be pretty easy to find in your area. Your state paper map or even Google maps probably will tell you.
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The White House is public land...They have lots of black squirrels there.:supergrin:

CAcop
11-09-2012, 17:16
http://www.blm.gov/es/st/en.html

BLM land is the place to go here out west. You guys back east may not have the kind of open spaces we have here. Something like 1/3 of CA is BLM, NFS, NPS, CASP.