Mass amount of litter could close N. Idaho shooting area



Posted on April 3, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 3 at 10:20 AM

HAYDEN LAKE, Idaho-- One Idaho man has had enough of people trashing one of his favorite spots to shoot near Hayden Lake.

People were leaving behind shot-up junk.

Bob Balser led a crew of volunteers on Wednesday that picked up all kinds of trash at the Hayden Creek shooting pit.

"Small refrigerators, beds, I mean you name it - television sets,” said Balser. "I talked to one of the officers, the other day. They got a guy here, he was unloading a davenport."

Bob said he has picked up all kinds of items.

"I found part of a pineapple out here today that they brought out and shot. Can you believe that one?" said Balser.

Wednesday’s cleanup was the third time Balser has led an effort to clean up the area.

"We had to take at least 2,000-2,500 pounds. It's surprising,” said Balser.

The Forest Service has threatened to close the shooting area due to all the litter. The agency said it has gotten out of hand.

Balser wants to make sure the area stays open.

“I do know this much - they really don't give a damn about what we have. We have the most beautiful country in the world and these people are trying to destroy it with their ignorance,” said Balser.

The Forest Service has not made any official decision on the shooting area. Balser said he has resolved to keep cleaning the area until others get the message.