A disturbing story appeared in the Eastern Idaho media over the weekend detailing the “perfect location” for a commercial for profit venture to teach the intricacies of high altitude killing.
According to the Post Register story, a guy named Buck Holly has determined that Skull Canyon on the Caribou-Targhee in Clark County is an ideal spot to teach sniper training because it approximates Afghanistan’s rugged mountain terrain.
According to the story, the retired Marine is seeking customers like the U.S. Army so he can share the skills he learned during his service time.
Forest Supervisor Brent Larson told the GUARDIAN,”This is absolutely NOT an authorized use of National Forest land.”
“I was blind sided when I saw the story in the paper and sent the local ranger to Skull Canyon where he discovered a gate at the forest boundary warning of the danger and discouraging visitors in the area,” said Larson. He indicated the closed gate was not installed or closed by the Forest Service.
“We have our law enforcement people working on it, but this guy or his company have never contacted my office. In the past for very limited purposes we would allow military operations with a written agreement for things like survival training, but to have live fire right at the start of hunting season is not something we would approve,” added Larson.
Based on the Post Register story and TELEVISION reports, it appears reporters have been to the area and even fired weapons. The local sheriff and a deputy were reportedly paid by Holly to “secure the area.”
No word if the sheriff used county-owned radios, vehicles and equipment or where the money from Holly ended up.
UPDATE 3:40 p.m.
Forest Supervisor Larson noted there is some private land within the forest, but said, “Operations were being conducted from both the private land and public land.”
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