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Shooting at night

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by korntera, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. korntera

    korntera Oregon Member

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    I was wondering whats the legallity of shooting at night? I have a hard time getting up to memaloose in the light and was wondering if I am using a .22lr pistol/rifle with my headlights and i know my backstop and can see it in the light is this legal? So far the closest thing I can find is that it is legal to hunt at night but nothing else.
     
  2. finch6013

    finch6013 Oregon City Active Member

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    I have shot in the dark a few times and never got busted. not to say it is legal though
     
  3. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    A few years I tried to find laws about firing after dark, but couldn't find anything.
     
  4. finch6013

    finch6013 Oregon City Active Member

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    I looked as well and didn't find anything
     
  5. korntera

    korntera Oregon Member

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    I would assume its legal since I have done it before and never had a problem but I have also never had a cop stop by at night lol. I just went up tonight to memaloose went down range with a flashlight, called out to make sure nobody was there, and fired pretty much into a dirt wall so that I wasn't shooting past my headlights, just wanted to fire a few .22 rounds since it has been a month since I last went shooting.
     
  6. finch6013

    finch6013 Oregon City Active Member

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    i rarely see law enforcement out anyways. let alone at night. I would like to know for sure though
     
  7. korntera

    korntera Oregon Member

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    I have seen them out quite a few times. Down in eugene area mostly, not as much up here. About 2 years ago when I first started shooting, only owned a shotgun and shot clays for fun, we thought why not go to the other side of the road(on the hill) and shoot across the road, officer drove up and and we of course stopped put our guns down and talked to him. Of course we found out it is illegal to shoot across a logging road, he let us go because we didn't know and stayed and BS'ed with us for a bit and watched us suck it up bigtime. Only time they have ever stopped while I was shooting LOL
     
  8. Mutoman

    Mutoman North Bend Active Member

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    I think shooting at night would be okay, just as long as you are careful where you use the lights and that use can not be mistaken for harassing wildlife, which is what they can charge if you are using a spotlight looking for animals; just shining a light on an animal at night will get you a ticket for harassing.
     
  9. finch6013

    finch6013 Oregon City Active Member

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    my cousin got hit for spotlighting rabbits in the dark. I think it was about $300.
     
  10. Mutoman

    Mutoman North Bend Active Member

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    I thought that was the only way to hunt rabbits?
     
  11. Deavis

    Deavis Mid Willamette Valley Active Member

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    Hunt no - shoot yes. But - if anything was going to draw neighbor complaints it would be shooting at night.....

    With it getting dark in the winter months early I shoot at the local club in the dark. We can shoot til 9 PM... :)
     
  12. finch6013

    finch6013 Oregon City Active Member

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    it is. I wouldn't do it any other way. oops did I say that. its worth the ticket when you shoot 600 in 2 nights. no joke
     
  13. korntera

    korntera Oregon Member

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    We didn't spotlight animals, we just yelled out is anybody around, we are going to shoot just didn't want to scare anybody but we were in the forest and didn't see anybody within 5 miles of where we were so I would assume that wouldn't matter... I hope?
     
  14. finch6013

    finch6013 Oregon City Active Member

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    it is. 600 in 2 nights is almost worth the ticket