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    Default Tuscarora Township

    I'm buying a house in Tuscarora Township, Newport (out past Wila) and I was wondering what types of laws/ordinances/whatever they might have regarding shooting on your property?

    I'd like to shoot on the property if I can. If I can, it looks like I may only have 1 direction to shoot in, but I'll have to check it out more once I own the property.

    I did some searching online but didn't find much. All I found was a zoning document said that shooting on your property occasionally is not considered a noise nuisance or something like.

    I've heard from other people that some townships require that you be a certain distance from other houses or you have to own a certain amount of land.

    Also, are there any ranges out that way? I'm not aware of any. Currently using the New Bloomfield Sportsman's Association range. Most of the time I go there, there isn't anyone else (during the week) but I would love to shoot somewhere without having to wait on other people.

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    I'm about 7 miles from Wila, near Ickesburg. I belong to the Ickesburg Sportsmans Assn. & it's normally not crowded during the week. They're pretty big on Cowboy Action shooting there & you'll see a lot of activity the week preceeding their shoots. Otherwise I'm usually alone, or there may be another shooter or two.

    I can't help you with the zoning ordinances.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IronButt View Post
    I'm about 7 miles from Wila, near Ickesburg. I belong to the Ickesburg Sportsmans Assn. & it's normally not crowded during the week. They're pretty big on Cowboy Action shooting there & you'll see a lot of activity the week preceeding their shoots. Otherwise I'm usually alone, or there may be another shooter or two.

    I can't help you with the zoning ordinances.
    I was there once to watch a Cowboy shooting event. Is that separate from the rest of the range? I don't recall seeing anything else there as far as tables and stuff, but that was several years ago and I wasn't looking at the other range stuff.

    How many tables/lanes and and at what ranges do they have?

    The New Bloomfield one only has 2 100 yd range tables and 1 50 yd table and if someone is using the 50 yd table, you can't use the 100 yd tables because it's all 1 "lane".

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    If anyone has any private land close by to use and would be willing to let me use it, that would be great too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WWGunslinger View Post
    I was there once to watch a Cowboy shooting event. Is that separate from the rest of the range? I don't recall seeing anything else there as far as tables and stuff, but that was several years ago and I wasn't looking at the other range stuff.

    How many tables/lanes and and at what ranges do they have?

    The New Bloomfield one only has 2 100 yd range tables and 1 50 yd table and if someone is using the 50 yd table, you can't use the 100 yd tables because it's all 1 "lane".
    If someone is using the Cowboy range, you can't shoot the rifle/pistol target range & vice versa. There are 4 benches under roof & targets are set up at 25, 50, 100, & 150yds. If you shoot lead bullets from your handgun, you can shoot on the Cowboy range. I load lead for practice in my 1911 & G21 & it's positively a blast shooting the steel from the Cowboy stations. You can burn up 200 rounds before you know it.
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    My property is in both Juniata and Tuscarora Twp., split about 2/3-1/3 with my house in Juniata. I shoot all of the time as do most of my neighbors. I'm not aware of any ordinance and certainly no enforcement of same.

    I was stationed in Newport for over eight years. Most complaints of shooting were handled with "And" which was usually followed by "I just moved here from _____, this can't be legal!"

    Unless your bullets are going toward the neighbor's house, you should be fine. Even safety zones don't apply since you aren't hunting. The only thing I would limit, as with any other excessive noise, is very late or very early hours.

    I am going to set up some type of 3 gun course on my property over the next couple of months; combine fitness with shooting.

    I'm between Hominy Ridge and Buckwheat Valley.
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    I'll be on Pine Needle Drive.

    would not be early or late.

    Earliest would be 10:00 AM, but most likely not until after noon and and I'd be done well before it got dark, probably no later than 6 or 7 PM during the summer. it wouldn't be during that entire time either, maybe an hour or 2 on the days I am off work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by unclejumbo View Post
    My property is in both Juniata and Tuscarora Twp., split about 2/3-1/3 with my house in Juniata. I shoot all of the time as do most of my neighbors. I'm not aware of any ordinance and certainly no enforcement of same.

    I was stationed in Newport for over eight years. Most complaints of shooting were handled with "And" which was usually followed by "I just moved here from _____, this can't be legal!"

    Unless your bullets are going toward the neighbor's house, you should be fine. Even safety zones don't apply since you aren't hunting. The only thing I would limit, as with any other excessive noise, is very late or very early hours.

    I am going to set up some type of 3 gun course on my property over the next couple of months; combine fitness with shooting.

    I'm between Hominy Ridge and Buckwheat Valley.
    I'm just down the road in center city Eshcol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IronButt View Post
    I'm just down the road in center city Eshcol.
    I was driving by your house everyday on my way to Chambersburg before I retired.
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