Flathead Forest issues warning about target practice after bullet hits home
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: June 15, 2018

Kalispell, MT, June 15, 2018 A bullet going through the exterior wall of a residence on East Mountain Meadows Road, led the Flathead County Sherriff’s Department to investigate the scene.  The bullet exited the interior living room wall, traveled across the living room and stairway, ultimately striking the wall on the far side of the stairway.  A close call, as the family, including, grandmother, parents, and children were in the living room at the time.

36 CFR 261.10(d):  Discharging a firearm or any other implement capable of taking human life, causing injury, or damaging property as follows:  (1) In or within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site or occupied area, or (2) Across or on a National Forest System road or a body of water adjacent thereto, or in any manner or place whereby any person or property is exposed to injury or damage as a result in such discharge.  (3) Into or within any cave.

Prior to reaching National Forest lands, East Mountain Meadows Road is a Forest Service Road with private property on both sides.

Target shooting is an appropriate use of public land in areas where it can be enjoyed safely.

The density of private residences and the volume of people who recreate in the greater Flathead Valley, make it necessary to use extreme caution when discharging a firearm.