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Discussion in 'Rallying Point and Range Discussions' started by indyk, Feb 25, 2020.

  1. indyk

    indyk Member

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    As time goes on my access to land is getting thin.
    My family has always had a place to go, multiple places to hunt, fish for over 60 years. Anymore is pretty slim and my 2nd to last range has officially closed, new neighbors complaining and threatening to involve lawyers etc, so our friend is closing it all up....

    Im willing to pay and provide a “resume” lets say.
    0-200yds is what I fancy. Rifles and occasional handguns nothing bigger than 54R and we have our own steel and clean up all of our brass and steel casings.
    Indianapolis and the surrounding counties
    from Danville to Greensburg is the stretch im hunting for.
    Im just looking to shoot perhaps once a week.
    and bring an occasional friend of family member only.

    Holler with an email or PM if yas know of anyone I got the word out everywhere!
     
  2. whughett

    whughett Member

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    No gun clubs. ? No state or county ranges. I’ve had to use that route for 50 years in R.I. in Florida it’s a county range.
     
  3. indyk

    indyk Member

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    I still use 1 place and it’s getting busy, A conservation club thats been around for over 70years, 1hr one way and chances are the line will be full and folks are inviting the whole state.
    Guys are starting to shoot holes in the canopy, leave trash and shooting bottles, bowling balls etc the place is unfortunately going downhill and no one wants to do a thing...

    I prefer private land myself.
    Even if its a 8x100yd stretch I’d be greatful.
     
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2020
  4. stillquietvoice

    stillquietvoice Member

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    I wouldn't think that the new neighbors would haves leg to stand on knowing that they moved in next to a gun range.
     
  5. Chuck R.

    Chuck R. Member

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    Depends on the zoning etc.

    For instance, I live in the county on 80 acres. No issues with shooting, hunting etc. and I have my own personal range that goes out to 760yards. Lots of folks shoot where i'm located and we're all well within our rights as property owners.

    However...the minute money is involved or something that can be construed as "club" activities, the county does become involved and a "Special Use permit" is required, complete with environmental impact study. That impact study also contains a survey of the neighbors. Scary part is, no one could tell me what constituted "club" activities.

    Just south of me (same county) a gentleman built a very nice range on his property. He was conducting classes etc. not the brightest guy when it came to trying to keep the neighbors happy as he was shooting (multiple firers) early Sundays and conducting night firing in the summer. I still remember one morning while deer hunting and one of his classes cut loose at about 0645 on a Sunday. Needless to say, the neighbors complained. He didn't have the special use permit to conduct a commercial or even club range. Longer story short, went to court was issued a cease and desist and now can only use his range with friends/relatives. They also found out he has an FFL and was selling guns from his house.....again another "Special Use" permit required.

    A lot of states have enacted range protection laws, I'm willing to bet that they've gone to the trouble to define what a range is.
     
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