- Pack it in-pack it out, plus. Keep a pair of leather gloves and some heavy-duty garbage bags in your shooting kit. Spend a few minutes each outing cleaning up your trash, and those left by others.
- Leave the glass at home. Sure, blowing up old pop bottles is fun, but it leaves a jagged mess that's nearly impossible to clean up. Same goes for old appliances, toilets and the like. Instead buy a variety of spinner targets. They're satisfying to shoot and easy to clean up.
- Leave the alcohol at home. It seems obvious that alcohol and guns don't mix, but some folks haven't got the message. Apply peer pressure as necessary.
- Beware of fire hazard. Exploding targets have started more than one forest fire, but the more common culprit is the errant cigarette.
- Consider a suppressor. Gunfire may be the sound of freedom to some of us, but it's noise pollution to others.
- Avoid obvious conflict zones. If there is private property or a busy trailhead nearby, consider driving a few miles to a more remote location. Be friendly to the locals. We are all ambassadors of the sport.
The New 6.8 Western is a Versatile Big-Game Hunting and Long-Range Shooting Cartridge from Browning and Winchester