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    I am just wondering, I shoot my bow in my back yard (in a safe direction) but I am only at most 30 yards from houses.
    Now my question is, is this legal?

    If so does this mean I can target practice with a gun in the same location?
    (not planning on doing this I use ranges)

    Reason for asking is if I can shoot in my back yard and be legal why cant you hunt in the same manner? I mean you are still discharging a firearm.

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    Legal as long as your town doesn't have a no discharge ordinance and you are shooting in a safe manner.

    Why can't you hunt there? because the law says 450 feet (or 150 while elevated with a bow).

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    I am just wondering, I shoot my bow in my back yard (in a safe direction) but I am only at most 30 yards from houses.
    Now my question is, is this legal?
    You have to check your local municipal ordinances for that answer. Which municipality?

    If so does this mean I can target practice with a gun in the same location?
    (not planning on doing this I use ranges)

    Reason for asking is if I can shoot in my back yard and be legal why cant you hunt in the same manner? I mean you are still discharging a firearm.
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    No I am just wondering because whats the difference between target shooting and hunting so long as you are doing it in a safe manner.

    I know the rule is 450' but why is it that why cant it be 10'.
    Only thing I can think is that its bc some one might not think as much and shoot a house.

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    I know the rule is 450' but why is it that why cant it be 10'.
    Only thing I can think is that its bc some one might not think as much and shoot a house
    Are you serious? If you got neighbors 30 yards from you they can give you shit for shooting a bow in the yard and call the cops. even if you are shooting in a "safe" direction. I grew up shooting in my back yard but I had 4 acres of woods in the direction I shot and my neighbor was about 80 yards to my right and behind me. so there was no issue.

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    Check your municipality ordinances. In my town, there is no hunting (unless you have a bazillion acres) and no "gunning". Totally silent on bow.
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    No I am just wondering because whats the difference between target shooting and hunting so long as you are doing it in a safe manner.

    I know the rule is 450' but why is it that why cant it be 10'.
    Only thing I can think is that its bc some one might not think as much and shoot a house.
    The safety zone rules refer to knocked arrows and loaded guns. So that would rule out target shooting inside a safety zone.


    • Carrying a loaded firearm or nocked arrow (bowhunters, read about pending legislation
    under Safety Zone, page 26) within 450 feet of an occupied building or any school playground
    is prohibited, except the owner or lessee of a building and persons specifically authorized by
    him in writing may hunt within 450 feet of the building. Note: persons authorized to hunt
    within 450 feet of a building must be in the possession of the written permission when hunting.
    (See page 89 for diagram with complete safety zone explanation. See also Safety Zone, page 26.)

    (Tentative) Carrying a bow with a nocked arrow
    within 150 feet of an occupied building or 450 feet
    of any school playground is prohibited, except the
    owner or lessee of a building—and persons specifically authorized by him in writing (written permission must be in possession while hunting)—may
    hunt within 150 feet of the building. Note: Persons
    authorized to hunt within 150 feet of a building
    must hunt from an elevated position to shoot down
    toward the ground. Shooting into a safety zone is
    prohibited. (See Safety Zone Awareness, page 89, for
    diagram and safety zone explanation.)
    With the exception of the bowhunter safety zone
    bill potentially becoming law, no hunter may carry
    a loaded firearm or nocked arrow within 450 feet
    of a building or any school playground, even if
    unoccupied, except the owner or lessee of a building and persons specifically authorized by him in
    writing may hunt within 450 feet of the building.
    Note: persons authorized to hunt within 450 feet
    of a building must be in possession of the written
    permission while hunting. Shooting into a safety
    zone is prohibited. (See Safety Zone Awareness,
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    The safety zone rules refer to knocked arrows and loaded guns. So that would rule out target shooting inside a safety zone.
    Incorrect. 450' only applies to hunting.

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    you can shoot. but cops never know the laws
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