Shooting Ranges or Venting about the neighbors


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Daniel Boone
December 3, 2010, 01:29 AM
So I have these neighbors who are related to me.
For the past month, they saw me out in the yard building a new shooting bench and back stops.

They live in a secluded area of town and owns more property then I do.
My lot is 50x150 and I am pretty much land locked.

My dad owns 10 acres down over the hill from my house.

So I spend all summer plowing their gardens and I give them legal deer in deer season and I help shovel their snow in the winter and cut grass in the summer.

I spent several hundred dollars to build this new shooting bench and back stops and they are mad at me because I will not contribute to their fund to repair their road so the township will take it over and make it into a township road.

Last week I finished the bench and the back stops and put explicit instructions not to shoot below the center of the back stops because there is a brace there and once you shoot up the brace the back stop is no good and you have to throw the whole thing away.
I spent $50 in materials on both back stops and bought two buckets of stain to preserve them so they will last for more then one year.

The first thing they did was to not use a target and shoot the crap out of the bottom of the back stops.

I ended up getting into a project that I didn't want to do - but had to do, which was to build my brother a tree stand for hunting deer out in the woods. We did not erect it but we did get it built and it is out on my trailer in my back yard.
I ended up making several trips in and out of the alley to move materials and stuff and the neighbors are trying to turn it into a toll road, only the township owns the land and they cannot force me to pay them to do the improvements.

Well I didn't get to shoot my rifles this year for deer season and the first rifle I grabbed ended up shooting several inches high, it could have been me or it could have been the fact that I was shooting through the woods and maybe the bullet hit a tree or something.

The neighbors all used my shooting bench without contributing one thin dime or helping even for 5 minutes to help build it.
Now tonight I take a small bag of garbage - beer bottles down and put it next to the neighbors pile for the garbage man and the neighbor calls me on the phone and tells me that I am not welcome to put my garbage next to his - because I am not contributing to the road.

Like I said, I spent several weeks building all this stuff and the Saturday before the season I even went down and brushed out the road that goes back to the shooting bench and dragged all the tree limbs off the road and cut the grass between the bench and the back stops - cleared some of it with nothing more then the blade of my shovel.

No thank you's - they all knew me the day they wanted to sight in their rifles and now I am a no good sob once again.

So my question is - what do you think I should do?
Post the ground around the shooting bench?
Remove the bench and only take it down when I am going to use it?
Fight with the neighbors and turn them in for not keeping their dog on a leash and it uses my yard as it's bathroom.
Block my portion of the road and let them turn around in their own yard!

My property ends up being community property - but don't you dare use their property. Do you see what I mean?

I have tried to get along with these people, but the nicer you are to them, the more they take advantage of you.:banghead:

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Magoo
December 3, 2010, 01:54 AM
This is a really tough call. You are in the best position to make any judgement calls- much moreso than any of us on the internet.

My $0.02
Tread lightly, but do not be trod upon. I grew up in NE GA and the "rules" I'd guess are similar. Avoid seeming aggressive in your stance, while maintaining you are not completely passive in defending your property rights. Keep in mind that many folk in Appalachia think of property in much more historical terms.

CZsp01
December 3, 2010, 02:19 AM
Confront him, talk to him, and have a beer together. The last thing you want is living next to people you don't like.

rbernie
December 3, 2010, 08:56 AM
I feel for ya. Sadly, this thread isn't really about guns or RKBA or shooting ranges or hunting - it's about maintaining relations within the local community. As such, it's just not op-topic for THR.

Best of luck in finding a way to deal with this.

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