In the American West, vast areas of remote, arid terrain were historically disregarded by early settlers and described as “the lands nobody wanted.” In the Upper Snake River Valley of Eastern Idaho, parts of these sagebrush desert expanses, now overseen by the Federal Bureau of Land Management, are regularly used by local gun-owners for target shooting. My work is an examination of this culture and tradition, which is rooted in the concept of rugged individualism, the myth of the frontier, and a strict championing of the Second Amendment. Through the documentation of landscapes, artifacts, and individuals, I am considering the social, political, and ecological issues that intersect and complicate this once undesirable frontier.
Menan Butte State Historical Marker, Madison County
Shells and Burned Targets, Jefferson County
Dwayne, Weatherby 12 Gauge
Taylor, Ruger SR40c
Sagebrush and Watermelon, Jefferson County
Shells, Madison County
Kai, Jed, Daniel, .243 Rifle
Linda, Stephen, Smith & Wesson 9mm
Clay Target Discs (hit), Jefferson County
Mase, Micahlyn, Double Barrel 12 Gauge, Ruger 10/22
Discarded Box Spring, Madison County
Damon, C39v2 Century Arms
Zach, Rich, Remington Express Super Mag
Discarded Targets, Madison County
Alyssa, Courtney, Josh, Colten, Remington 12 Gauge
Discarded Television, Jefferson County
Basalt, Jefferson County
Nate, Mossberg 12 Gauge
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