For Immediate Release
PR #:1900031
Date Issued:Apr 02, 2019 - 9:08am

Frightening close call a reminder for recreational shooters to understand and obey Washoe County's congested area ordinances

CONTACT:Bob Harmon
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office 775-785-6235
Cell 775-722-5517

A Hidden Valley resident was nearly hit by a stray round from a recreational shooter while sitting in her home on Sunday evening, a frightening reminder that shooters must understand and obey county ordinances governing the discharge of firearms, and congested area boundaries. 

Shortly after 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 31, 2019, Washoe County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a home on the east side of Hidden Valley after a resident called to report a bullet had just passed over her head while she was sitting inside her house.

Deputies investigating this incident contacted target shooters in the hills east of Hidden Valley Sunday afternoon but were unable to locate those responsible.

The Hidden Valley call was just one of numerous calls involving recreational shooters that the Sheriff’s Office received over the weekend. Deputies responded to calls in Spanish Springs, near Golden Eagle Regional Park, and several locations in south Reno.

As the weather warms up, it is imperative for recreational shooters, as well as all others who use the outdoors, to research congested area and other restrictions on recreational firearm use.

Maps showing congested and restricted areas, can be found on the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office website at Enter “congested area” in the Search window.

Everyone who plans to recreate in these areas should familiarize themselves with these restrictions and maintain awareness of activity taking place in their surroundings while in the outdoors.

The men and women of the Sheriff’s Office take residents' safety seriously and will issue citations to anyone found discharging a firearm within the prohibited areas and to anyone found discharging firearms other than shotguns or air guns in the restricted areas.

The warmer weather also brings increased wildland fire danger. The Sheriff’s Office reminds all recreational shooters that a small spark has led to larger fires in our area. Recreational shooters are asked to take precautions to avoid wildfires, including:

  • Bring water or a fire extinguisher
  • Choose locations with little vegetation, preferably dirt or gravel
  • Use soft targets, avoid steel core ammunition
  • Avoid shooting rocks, metal, pressurized containers, or exploding targets
  • Park your vehicle away from dry grass

Residents with concerns about dangerous or potentially illegal activity should contact the appropriate law enforcement agency immediately.


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.

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