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Old March 22nd, 2011, 03:07 PM
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Alright, so I came across what I believe to be circumstantial evidence of poaching, but is at the very least evidence of irresponsible firearm use at a local park. Having contacted the park officials and my local police, no one seems to be able to give me a straight answer as to whether or not this hunting activity is legal. The members here seem to be very knowledgeable and responsible gun owners, so I thought I'd ask you guys.

So, my question is: (In New Britain Township) Are there any statutes, ordinances, or laws governing the required distance from homes, roads, parks, or places of gathering to discharge a firearm for otherwise legal hunting purposes? If so, what is that required distance?

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From what I know they only laws that come into affect during legal hunting are game commission laws and I believe that they state 25 yards from a road and 150 yards from any structure that may be occupied (houses, barns, sheds, etc.) Municipalities may have ordinances for no discharge of a weapon but they do not include legal hunting activities.
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So, if I'm hunting deer during deer season, I can discharge a firearm 10 ft from an occupied park, so long as I'm more than 25 yards from the road and 150 yards from a house? That seems kinda ridiculous. First of all, I don't know many guns that can't shoot more than 25 yards and secondly, how does this regulation protect anybody from accidental shooting if you can shoot 25 yards from a road?
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Some rifles can shoot a couple miles, should we have to be a few miles from any building or road before we shoot? If that bothers you here is something that will really blow your mind, it is legal for me to shoot across a road while hunting. Common sense and practicing firearm safety is what prevents accidental shootings, the problem is that there is a lack of both with many hunters.
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@jerkin: Fair point. It just seems odd to me that there are no regulations concerning the discharge of a firearm in extreme proximity to recreational areas. I was hoping that there would be, so that I might contact the relevant authorities and let them deal with this. Either way, I believe poaching is going on and it doesn't matter if you're poaching responsibly or irresponsibly, it's still wrong.

@SharpShooter88: I'm not trolling, I'm just concerned that I or someone else could be accidentally shot. These "hunters" are discharging firearms in the direction of wilderness paths less than 10 meters away. I just thought I'd get some input from y'all before taking my issues up with them directly.
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If you think there is poaching going on contact the game commission in your area. They will check it out and if they see any other violations they will enforce those also. The number 4 rule of gun safety is "know your target and what's beyond it" sounds like they may be breaking that rule if they are shooting towards walking trails without knowing what or who is back there.
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So, if I'm hunting deer during deer season, I can discharge a firearm 10 ft from an occupied park, so long as I'm more than 25 yards from the road and 150 yards from a house? That seems kinda ridiculous. First of all, I don't know many guns that can't shoot more than 25 yards and secondly, how does this regulation protect anybody from accidental shooting if you can shoot 25 yards from a road?
The 25yrd from road is to keep "road hunting" under control, not accidental shootings. ...its the act of hunting on the road, or just hopping out of your vehicle to take a shot.

Parks are really no different from any other land. If done properly a person can hunt right near other people. ...although the other people might not like the muzzleblast. So long as people aren't between the end of the barrel and the target, and a fair distance behind the target, hunting/shooting can take place nearly anywhere so long as it doesn't violate safety zones or local ordinances on discharging a gun.
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Iím not aware of any game law that prevents discharging a firearm near a road. You cannot shoot across a road unless the trajectory is safe (high enough). You need to be 25yds from a vehicle.

150yds from any occupied house, or outbuilding, commercial building, school playground etc, without permission. This includes into the safety zone as well.

Other than that itís up to local ordinances where they donít conflict with state law

Your ordinances are here:
http://www.newbritaintownship.org/ordinances.html
I only looked briefly, but nothing jumped out.


If you suspect poaching contact the PGC theyíll be happy to investigate.

If no one is poaching, and a safe backstop is being used I see no issue.
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The 25yrd from road is to keep "road hunting" under control, not accidental shootings. ...its the act of hunting on the road, or just hopping out of your vehicle to take a shot.

Parks are really no different from any other land. If done properly a person can hunt right near other people. ...although the other people might not like the muzzleblast. So long as people aren't between the end of the barrel and the target, and a fair distance behind the target, hunting/shooting can take place nearly anywhere so long as it doesn't violate safety zones or local ordinances on discharging a gun.
As I have already stated, local ordinances on firearms discharge are not enforceable when it comes to hunting. They can have any ordinance they want to but they don't mean shit when it comes to hunting.
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