Someone in my neighborhood called the police on me, my kids, and ....


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PcolaDawg
March 21, 2011, 10:35 AM
some of their friends yesterday due to all of the shooting we were doing in my backyard.

This is the second time in 7 years someone called the police on us. The last time was about 6 months ago, and the local Sheriff's department sent one deputy to check us out.

This time, TWO squad cars came out. Fortunately, though, it was because they wanted to shoot with us. One of the officers remembered the earlier visit, so he brought a friend this time, hoping to get a little private range time in. :)

The deputies had a blast (no pun intended) and a good time was had by all. :cool:

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Sky
March 21, 2011, 10:39 AM
Great story!

Arkansas Paul
March 21, 2011, 11:03 AM
That is a pretty cool story. I'm afraid I wouldn't be very high road if I knew which neighbors called in. I'd prolly call them and say, "Hey would you call the cops again tomorrow. Those guys sure were fun to shoot with."

rondog
March 21, 2011, 11:21 AM
Gotta love the neighbors cowering in fear while watching the cops they called joining in the fun!

RstyShcklfrd
March 21, 2011, 11:24 AM
Wow that's pretty cool!

PcolaDawg
March 21, 2011, 11:33 AM
That is a pretty cool story. I'm afraid I wouldn't be very high road if I knew which neighbors called in. I'd prolly call them and say, "Hey would you call the cops again tomorrow. Those guys sure were fun to shoot with."
Actually, to complete the story, the neighbor that dropped the dime on me followed the officers onto my property. I went out to speak with him - NOT to get into an argument or fight with him (I actually wanted to apologize if we interrupted his Sunday afternoon nap and try to find a way to avoid annoying him in the future, if possible).

Once he saw it was me, he apologized profusely. He told me he thought it was a bunch of people hunting in the swamp behind his house. He said that, if he knew it was me shooting in my backyard, he would have asked to come shoot with us as well. Not sure how honest he was being, but I'll take it.

The officers said the first time they were called it was someone relatively far away from my house. But that day my kids were shooting some Mosin Nagants and some deer rifles, so the officers thought it might've been the greater noise from high-powered rifles that caused a neighbor to complain.

rozziboy18
March 21, 2011, 11:39 AM
i love happy endings!

i can just see the guy who called the cops watching you guys!

"yeah here comes the cops, that'll show em. that will teach you, dog pooping all over my lawn, ill show you! wait what why are they.....why arent they.....(look of hope draing from face)

bruzer
March 21, 2011, 11:51 AM
Great story. Everybody stayed happy and the outcome was good. I'd go so far as to invite the neighbor over and have some hot dogs and shooting. Make sure YOU call the cops next time and invite them too.
Mike

btg3
March 21, 2011, 11:52 AM
When I lived on a rural 2-acre lot that dropped 30-ft into a creek bottom, we would shoot couple of times each month into the embankment... and 1 of 4 adjoining neighbors complained. Actually, he shouted profanity and threats in front of my children. To curb THAT behavior, I had the sheriff visit my neighbor and we were able to reach a peacable understanding.

Now I live in a subdivision with houses on 1/3 acre. It's outside the city limit by 3 blocks and thus legal to shoot, but... let's just say it helps to be high road in the neighborhood, too. :)

Birdmang
March 21, 2011, 11:54 AM
Officers, neighbors, hot dogs, guns....and everyone happy? Sounds like a great story.

I'm assuming you have a large yard/property. If I shot in mine there would be a swat team.

LKB3rd
March 21, 2011, 11:57 AM
I wasn't expecting that twist at the end.
:D

AlexanderA
March 21, 2011, 12:01 PM
Where I live, it wouldn't be possible to (safely) do any shooting in the backyard. You must live out in the country somewhere, and have a big backyard.

A few years ago, out near Manassas, Virginia (in my general area), a couple of guys set up a target behind their house and fired hundreds of rounds at it. Unfortunately, their backstop consisted of hay bales and they ended up perforating a house half a mile away. Luckily, nobody was hurt, but the occupants of the perforated house spent a terrorized afternoon, huddled in the basement, thinking that someone was trying to kill them. It took the sheriff a long time to ascertain the source of the shots.

PcolaDawg
March 21, 2011, 12:12 PM
Where I live, it wouldn't be possible to (safely) do any shooting in the backyard. You must live out in the country somewhere, and have a big backyard.

Safety is definitely paramount. I have four acres and live at the very end of a dirt road. All of my neighbors have at least four acres as well. My neighbor on one side has 14 acres.

My backyard is surrounded by a good sized creek and backs up to a thick swamp that elevates up from my backyard. The swamp serves as a very large buffer between my property and the property on the other side of the swamp. Where we shoot, we are actually shooting down into the swamp that starts to elevate right behind where we put our targets.

So it is extremely safe as far as backyard gun ranges go.

It's also very private, as we have large pines and other trees surrounding the property and the creek surrounds about 60% of my property. No one can see in, and we can't see out. And no cars travel in front of our house because the dirt road ends at my property.

We've got a couple of spring fed bass ponds as well, so it's really a nice little private Idaho (except that it's in Florida, not Idaho :-D).

mbopp
March 21, 2011, 12:34 PM
A few years back my dad and brother got their names in the local newspaper. They were sighting in their slug guns and somebody called the sheriff. The report read something like "Hunters sighting in guns. Shooting into a dirt backstop. No violations found."
The range is 700' off the road on 10 acres of land.

BushyGuy
March 21, 2011, 12:51 PM
cool, it was alot better then most encounters with police!

hermannr
March 21, 2011, 12:55 PM
We live on 10 acres on a mountain and everyone shoots up here. However there is one guy that shoots a bit too much. He is 78 years old and shoots mostly high powered rifle...4 to 5 hours a day,,,everyday. He has no other life. You know, reload, reload, test shoot, test shoot, reload....ad infinitum.

At least he doesn't start shooting at 07:00 anymore, more like 10:00. Not out of consideration for anyone else though. He could care less if he is bothering someone. He says he is getting arthritis in his shoulder...wonder why?

When we shoot we try to consider the neighbors, even if there are only 3 or 4 of them that can hear us.

MICHAEL T
March 22, 2011, 12:07 AM
I live in the country If I start shooting on a sat or sunday Pretty soon you will hear others up down road . No matter who starts always several more join in . We are a well armed back country road. Lots of shooting and hunting in season of course.

ultradoc
March 22, 2011, 07:38 AM
now that is a happy ending!

Friendly, Don't Fire!
March 22, 2011, 07:49 AM
i love happy endings!

i can just see the guy who called the cops watching you guys!

"yeah here comes the cops, that'll show em. that will teach you, dog pooping all over my lawn, ill show you! wait what why are they.....why arent they.....(look of hope draing from face)
Funny!

foghornl
March 22, 2011, 07:56 AM
That is a pretty cool story. I'm afraid I wouldn't be very high road if I knew which neighbors called in. I'd prolly call them and say, "Hey would you call the cops again tomorrow. Those guys sure were fun to shoot with."


Don't forget the sodas and coffee....AND invite the neighbor over...but don't start him out shooting the M-44 Mosin-nagant with some "Heavy Ball" ammo

M2 Carbine
March 22, 2011, 10:02 AM
Good story.:)


I've been shooting on my eight acres since 1967. As far as I know no one has complained. Although one new young lady neighbor said, "I thought machine guns were against the law."
I told her, "You need to get your gun information from someone other than the talking heads on ABC, CNN, NBC, etc."


A couple moved in across the road and built a nice house and horse ranch.
The first time I talked to the lady she said, "Are you the one that does all the shooting? (you don't know where a question like that is headed)

I said, "That's me".
She said, "Would you teach me to shoot?"
I said, "I'd be glad to".:D

txhoghunter
March 22, 2011, 10:48 AM
You are a lucky one....when my father and I were dove hunting on my grandfather's 78 acre farm we had a "neighbor" call the police saying that we were shooting his house..... We were shooting #7 1/2 shot into the wind.....and this neighbor's house was 1,100 yards away (I had a rangefinder)....

When the officer went to check with the man who called 911, he asked the officer to, get this, remove her sidearm because it scared him.....

paul
March 22, 2011, 01:09 PM
I live in the country If I start shooting on a sat or sunday Pretty soon you will hear others up down road . No matter who starts always several more join in . We are a well armed back country road. Lots of shooting and hunting in season of course.

Ditto.

I seriously believe that all of the local sheriff's deputies that I've met would also join in the fun if called to my place.

You couldn't pay me to move back into Houston or the surrounding 'burbs.

p

M2 Carbine
March 22, 2011, 03:30 PM
I live in the country If I start shooting on a sat or sunday Pretty soon you will hear others up down road .
Same around here. Best I can tell there are about six people that shoot on their land.

A few months ago I heard a 50 cal. There was no mistaking that gun.:)

chargercharlie
March 22, 2011, 06:55 PM
I shoot in the country on 40 acres every two weeks I am home..Only person that comes around now and again is the old game warden..:D

matrem
March 22, 2011, 07:17 PM
I live in the country If I start shooting on a sat or sunday Pretty soon you will hear others up down road . No matter who starts always several more join in .
That seems to be a popular theme.
I've lived at and shot in the same backyard for fifteen years, and have noticed the neighbors shooting far more than they used to.
I know I've influenced a few through polite discussion over the years, but the amount I'm hearing now goes beyond that.
I consider those shots a very welcome sound.

rjrivero
March 22, 2011, 07:31 PM
This is a great story. We just made an offer on a 5 acre piece of land outside of city limits. I'm already looking to put up a berm somewhere for my own range. ;)

clutch
March 22, 2011, 07:39 PM
I live out in the country. A few years ago I loaded up 5 rounds for my recently arrived CMP M1 Garand to try it out. I have a 4' cubed box, 50 yards off my deck,filled with sand that is my impact zone. I have to replace the plywood over the target attach point periodically but this box stops rounds reliably.

Then there is another 700 feet to leave the property which goes up hill, and is backed by the rest of the section that isn't inhabited. IOW, a fairly safe shooting situation.

Well I touched off my 5 rounds, retrieved my target, put the rifle in the safe and was working on the computer when I saw deputy driving up my driveway.

So I go out to see what he wants, not really connecting shooting my rifle with his appearance, it isn't like touching something off is a unusual.

He asks me if I've been shooting, I ask why? He indicated he received a complaint from someone local that thought they were being shot at.

I told the officer that I have been shooting but I'm done for now. Rifle is put away in the safe. Would you like to see what I'm shooting at?

Officers indicates he would like to see it so I take him out to the box, show him the back side that doesn't have any holes in it and he starts talking about how he was first in his class shooting his pistol.

He tells me who called in on me and suggests I let the guy know where I'm shooting and that I'm not a threat and heads off.

So I stop by the guys house, older guy, I inform him where I'm shooting and he never gave me grief again. The guy had just moved in so he wasn't aware of me and my neighbors yet. :what:

Clutch

fatcat4620
March 22, 2011, 09:34 PM
My buddy had the same thing happen to him. The cops just did a safety check (said he had to do "something") and said have fun, then went and told the guy next door not to call anymore.

lloveless
March 23, 2011, 01:34 AM
BushyGuy wrote: "it was alot better then most encounters with police!" I don't have bad encounters with police. What do you do to make them worse? This was a great story.
ll

shiftyer1
March 23, 2011, 02:03 AM
I had the same problem with my mothers neighbor, no I don't live there I lived in town and shes in the country. Anyway her neighbor was terrified at the time of our shooting. It interrupted her gardening and she was afraid for herself and family. The sherriffs drove by normally shortly after I shot a little bit but never stopped in.

She stopped in the other day and asked if my son and I still shot out there, which we do. My mom told her yes we still did, she informed my mom that it doesn't bother her anymore because our shooting doesn't last long. And she must of realized that the bullet would have to get through our backstop and then dodge ALOT of trees, make a left turn and dodge ALOT more trees and travel across another 15 acres to even end up on her property.
I think the new neighbors that moved in very near her helped a little. Apparently they have teenagers that really blast rap music constantly.

The-Reaver
March 23, 2011, 02:09 AM
Thats how it used to be for me... then Clinton got office & everything changed forever. =*(

matty-vb
March 23, 2011, 04:47 AM
great story!

try giving the neighbor a call next time you shoot. to avoid another misunderstanding, but mostly to extend an invite!

Mr. Bojangles
March 23, 2011, 07:49 AM
Bueno!

TNboy
March 23, 2011, 05:45 PM
I shoot at my house when I feel like it. I don't have a big yard but I live in a very rural area and have a mountain behind me as a backstop. One neighbor warned me about another neighbor who calls the police anytime a shot is fired. I've seen them drive by while and after shooting several times. Otherwise I never see LEOs around here. I'm a good 30 minutes from town. The LEOs have never said anything to me even when I'm standing in the yard with a gun. One deputy told me that they don't like coming down into the valley I live in without atleast 2 or 3 squad cars,so maybe that's why they haven't said anything. Evidently the mountain people around here have never been very warming to law enforcement.

hso
March 23, 2011, 05:54 PM
Tell'm ahead of time so they can bring some of their especially fun toys!

Mal H
March 23, 2011, 06:11 PM
Great story, and outcome, PcolaDawg!

Fortunately we can shoot in our backyard also. However, every time I start, an ATF agent has to interrupt - to shoot with us! My neighbor is an ATF agent and we both have fairly good ranges. He has some very cool toys, for sure. Great guy, seriously. That kinda breaks the stigma of jack booted thugs.

Our other neighbors about 4 miles to the east have some big artillery, some seriously big artillery! And I think they have some automatic weapons. I least I hope they do! I live about 4 miles west of the Quantico howitzer range. Almost every Wednesday, you can count on some sounds of practice from there with automatic fire every month or so.

btg3
March 23, 2011, 06:53 PM
That reminds me of living to north side of Columbus, GA with Ft.Benning to the south of the city. From our porch atop the hill, we could see the flash from evening artillery practice and then...wait for it... a distant muffled boom like far off thunder. Made some good army friends living there.

PowerJoker6.0
March 23, 2011, 07:20 PM
i have 150 acres and abut up to another 300 acre dairy farm and even i get the cops called on me sometimes when i shoot. i dont understand, its the weekend, and its a rural area, shooting happens, why call the state police?

RonDeer10mm
March 23, 2011, 07:35 PM
lol :p can I come too?

browneu
March 23, 2011, 08:23 PM
I grew up in the country and now live in a suburb of Columbus. I miss the country for the freedom it represented and despise living in such a crowded community and plan to move back out to the country as soon as possible.

My brother in law lives not two miles where I grew up and the house next to him sold to someone who came from the city. They moved in during the winter two years ago and last spring we started to shoot clay birds in his field. They called the sheriff on us who shot a couple of rounds.

Unfortunately, they sold their house a year later. I guess country living isn't for everyone.

Checkers
March 23, 2011, 10:03 PM
I'm sorry to ask a somewhat unrelated question, but what does it mean when someone refers to themselves as being "High road"? I don't understand it

btg3
March 23, 2011, 10:11 PM
sorta like Pirates of the Carribean when they say: "Stick to the code!" :) There is a "code" on TheHighRoadForum that users are encouraged to become familiar with and observe.

http://www.thehighroad.org/announcement.php?f=2&a=20

txhoghunter
March 23, 2011, 10:54 PM
what does it mean when someone refers to themselves as being "High road"

Respectful, polite....all the traits that we like to see here on the fabulous High Road (.org) :)

Checkers
March 23, 2011, 10:56 PM
Thanks very much guys!

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