Outdoor Life Online Editor

North of Billings, three recreation areas were host to all sorts of outdoor enthusiasts, from horseback riders to hunters to target shooters. But now the Bureau of Land Management has made permanent an earlier emergency closure of target shooting.

A Billings Field Manager said that recent incidents where adjacent landowners and others actually on the recreation areas had been injured by target shooters. During hunting season, people could plan accordingly as to when it would be safe to venture on to the public land. However, with random target shooting, users felt more at risk.

None of the areas closed included the “17-Mile area” which is the most popular target shooting ground in the vicinity.