Why is the BLM giving preference to the hunters? Could it be because there is no money to be made from the selling of "Target-Practice Permits" such as there is in the selling of BIG GAME Hunting Permits?
BLM closes Alamogordo-area gravel pit to shooters
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - The Bureau of Land Management has closed a Dog Canyon gravel pit to target shooting, saying shooting is a danger to a nearby residential area and Oliver Lee Memorial State Park.
The area closed for target shooting encompasses 200 acres surrounding an abandoned gravel pit on public land along Dog Canyon Road in central Otero County, about 15 miles south of Alamogordo.
BLM recreation and cultural resources supervisor Tom Phillips says a lot of people were setting up unsafe targets.
He says residents and the manager of the Oliver Lee park say rounds have come through the park.
The area remains open to other public land uses, including regulated hunting.
Information from: Alamogordo Daily News, http://www.alamogordonews