Originally posted by cmfiii
Try Table Mesa road. I go there often and it's not bad. It's on I-17 about 11 miles north of Carefree highway. Get off the Table Mesa Road exit and turn left over bridge then right on other side of bridge onto the dirt road. About 1 mile down the road you are on state land and legal to shoot. You'll know you're in the right spot when you start seeing the kitchen appliances dumped off by the idiots of arizona. Have fun and take a little trash with you when you leave so we can keep it open.
From your description of the location, it looks like you are correct that this area is state trust land according Arizona State Land Department maps.
As such, you not only need a permit to enter onto this land, you cannot shoot on it unless you are hunting.
"Arizona State Trust lands are not 'public lands', as are Federal lands under the management of the U.S. Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management. Federal 'public lands' are managed for the benefit and use of the public, while State Trust lands are managed for the benefit of 14 Trust beneficiaries, which include the public schools and prisons. The Land Department's trust management responsibilities include requiring a permit or lease and charging a fee for use of Trust land. Exceptions to this requirement are licensed hunters and fishers, actively pursuing game or fish, in-season, and certain archaeological activities permitted by the Arizona State Museum."
"Activities not allowed include, but are not limited to, target shooting, sighting-in of weapons, paint ball games, fireworks, extended camping, visiting archaeological sites (historic and prehistoric), metal detecting and removal of natural products (rocks, cactus wood, soil, sand, plants, etc.)."