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Water, water everywhere...

Discussion in 'Outdoor Shooting Areas' started by Morpheus, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. Morpheus

    Morpheus Columbia Gorge Anyway, back on the farm.

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    OK,
    I tried finding the laws on this, but I came up short. I have read some laws in both Oregon and Washington regarding shooting at a hunting target across a body of water. And how it is not permitted. Save for hunting water fowl.

    What about strict target shooting? If you had a lake, creek, or river and had targets setup on one side, and shot from the other. Is there a law which directly forbids this in Washington or Oregon?

    I'm looking for the actual statute here, not 'I've been told.' I know, I know. It is kind of a silly idea, but there are some spots, especially in wide cannons and the like where doing this would be just about as safe as can be. So, I'm looking to know the legal statutes on it.

    Thanks,
    M

    PS: I've been trolling all day, so I know turn about is fair play! :)
     
  2. billyinfinity

    billyinfinity Portland All pie, all the time. 2015 Volunteer

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    The forestry department has this on flyers at ranger stations in regards to outdoor shooting on federal lands. I looked it up online to make sure it wasn't BS. It doesn't look like it directly forbids it unless it's adjacent to a National Forest System road. This is Federal regulation, so it would include both WA and OR. If there is something more State specific, I haven't found it.

    36 Code of Federal Regulation 261.10 Occupancy and use

    "The following are prohibited: ...

    (d) Discharging a firearm or any other implement capable of taking human life, causing injury, or damaging property as follows:

    (1) In or within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site or occupied area, or

    (2) Across or on a National Forest System road or a body of water adjacent thereto, or in any manner or place whereby any person or property is exposed to injury or damage as a result in such discharge.

    (3) Into or within any cave."
     
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  3. Morpheus

    Morpheus Columbia Gorge Anyway, back on the farm.

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    Well, that is fairly clear. Thanks, I don't know why I couldn't find that.

    If anyone else has more to add, I would love to know it.
    Thanks,
    M
     
  4. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Private property or public land? It makes a big difference. Both the DNR (WA) and USFS have laws against it and many other things. They do not control private property.

    I shoot across my pond and creek all the time. Again the key is MINE.
     
  5. Morpheus

    Morpheus Columbia Gorge Anyway, back on the farm.

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    Nwcid,
    Excellent point.

    I knew about private land. My question was more about public land. BLM or National Forest.

    M