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Old 05-29-2008, 05:05 PM
 
Location: 40 miles north of Bangor, Maine
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Default Laws on shooting on your own land?

Does anyone know the laws/rules about shooting on your own land? Is it just different town by town? I have been looking at lot after lot (just online - sent by realtor)... and some says "subdivision" yet 4-5 acres and no restrictions.... some just say rural.....when exactly is it ok? How much land do you need to be able to? I don't want to waste any of our time or the realtors when we come up with lots it isn't even possible on because thats something we are looking for in a lot. Should I just call the town and ask for each lot?

Maybe some of you know some of these answers.

Sorry for so many questions!

Jaime
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Old 05-29-2008, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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My neighbor shoots skeet off his back deck which is attached to his house. If you have 5 acres out in the country you should be OK. However, if you are in the middle of a lot of 5 acre lots in a subdivision you are likely to have somebody complain. How close to Main Street do you need to be? Many towns have large lots not that far out where you are free to do what you want.
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Old 05-29-2008, 05:29 PM
 
Location: 40 miles north of Bangor, Maine
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We don't need or want to be right on top of "main street" in whatever town we end up. I just don't know exactly what the layout of these lots are I am looking at online and even if they say 5 acres.... would it maybe still be a town law for it not being allowed, or is it pretty much allowed as long as your on your own 5 acre lot. Also, when I think of a subdivision..... I think of a small little neighborhood of houses all bunched together.... but I have seen "subdivision" on lots of over 5 acres! LOL So Of course it would cause problems if that close..... I am hoping we'll find a lot thats more off and private I guess. Close enough to drive into "town" and drive to Bangor or another "city with options" at least weekly for stuff we want/need, but enough on its own for our privacy and people to not complain about gun shots.

I guess we'll have to probably just use a lot of time doing quick run bys of lots that would not even be possabilities because we'd need to see the layout of not only the lot in question, but how close other people's lots would be near us.
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Old 05-29-2008, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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With the exception of your own house, just stay 100 yards away from any other house and you should be fine.

I shoot from my house windows, and mostly anywhere on my land. I only have one corner of my land where I would be within 100 yards of a neighbor's house. So I don't shoot there.

If you go to a township that is 'organized' [with clerks and inspectors and a list of folks getting salaries on your tax bill] then you can expect those salaried folks to be trying to earn their salary by making life hard on you.

Unorganized townships have none of that junk. Nobody local living on your taxes, and nobody making up new laws to tell you how to live.

Organized townships tend to be denser populated, more folk, packed in tighter, and you may have a harder time finding a place to shoot that is 100 yards away from everything.

Unorganized townships tend to be rural, less populated. Maine has townships with densities down to only 9 people per square mile, or lower. Certainly more deer and more turkey than people.
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Old 05-29-2008, 06:28 PM
 
Location: God's Country, Maine
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The law is 300' from a dwelling. Some towns/citys have ordinances. Basically obey the law and you are fine. The Maine Constitution actually protects the right to bear arms.
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Old 05-29-2008, 07:29 PM
 
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Like dmyankee says, it's 300 ft from a dwelling, but each municipality can and may have an ordinance regarding discharging a firearm. Even in a rural town, you may see a sign beside the road stating something like "Urban Line"...that probably marks the location of where it is illegal to discharge a firearm. I remember a few years back a guy got written up for shooting a deer on his land because it was within the "Urban area" defined in the town's ordinance...and where the guy live was very rural. Some towns will have an ordinance, some won't.
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Old 05-29-2008, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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The law is 300' from a dwelling. Some towns/citys have ordinances. Basically obey the law and you are fine. The Maine Constitution actually protects the right to bear arms.
You sure?

I thought it was 100 yards.

Maybe it is 300', I think I would prefer 100 yards though.
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Old 05-29-2008, 11:40 PM
 
Location: UP of Michigan
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You sure?

I thought it was 100 yards.

Maybe it is 300', I think I would prefer 100 yards though.
Don't cha know!
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Old 05-30-2008, 04:54 AM
 
Location: some where maine
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You sure?

I thought it was 100 yards.

Maybe it is 300', I think I would prefer 100 yards though.
how many feet are in 100 yards??
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Old 05-30-2008, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I am just saying that while some folks think I am wrong in this, and think that 300 feet is the appropriate distance. I would never be comfortable shooting a firearm within 100 yards of anyone's house.

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