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Old August 17th, 2011, 08:34 PM   #1
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are there any laws that restrict the use of a bow in residental aeras?

I live in a neighborhood off RT6 but I am surrounded by farm land. I have an 1/2 acre lot. My son is just getting into archery and i want to take him out in the back yard and use his 25# bow, is there any laws in MD, charles county that would prohibit us form shooting in the back yard.


I am using an old wooded shead for a back stop so no danger of going into someone's yard
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Old August 17th, 2011, 10:48 PM   #2
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I think its the same as hunting, 150 yds from an occupied structure without occupants permission. Should be good to go unless neighbor is near. Have fun, be safe.
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Old August 18th, 2011, 03:49 AM   #3
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I think its the same as hunting, 150 yds from an occupied structure without occupants permission. Should be good to go unless neighbor is near. Have fun, be safe.
I dont know of any laws regarding archery. As long as your are at a safe distance shooting at a safe area with a safe backstop i wouldnt worry. Call DNR but im 99.9% sure there is no distance laws.
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Old August 18th, 2011, 01:23 PM   #4
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150 yards from occupied dwelling unless you have permission from the owner of the dwelling. Do you have anyone behind you? If not, just go for it, and if your neighbors have a problem then stop. With a kid learning you will need a good back stop.


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Old August 18th, 2011, 04:02 PM   #5
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I would check with local Law Enforcement, DNR should have no say in practicing archery in your yard. As long as you are not hunting.
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Old August 18th, 2011, 04:09 PM   #6
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I would check with local Law Enforcement, DNR should have no say in practicing archery in your yard. As long as you are not hunting.
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Old August 18th, 2011, 04:23 PM   #7
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I would check with local Law Enforcement, DNR should have no say in practicing archery in your yard. As long as you are not hunting.
Too bad most local law enforement dont know the laws either...


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Old August 18th, 2011, 07:16 PM   #8
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Too bad most local law enforcement don't know the laws either...
Sorry to say it but I have found most L.E.O. are short on brains and long on Ego. They think they know everything and have to be in charge of everything even when they have no business even in the area and no clue ( I see this almost every day)


Several years ago I was talking about hand guns and hunting, a young LEO spoke up and said If I saw you with a handgun i the woods I would arrest you for illegal possession of a handgun. This started another conversation and he started to get upset and saying he is a police officer and he knows the laws. TO that I went to my truck and pulled out my copy of the MD hunting regs and showed him the laws regarding handguns and hunting. he just walked out of the station pissed off and proven wrong.


at work, a few weeks ago we ran a toxic gas alarm. this is an alarm that goes off in a building if it detects a toxoc gas sort of like a special smoke detector (to simplfy it) when we got to the guilding we got out our meeters and went in the building and I see two LEO standing right beside the room that had the toxic gas alarm going off in with nothing but there ego to protect them.
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Old August 21st, 2011, 10:28 AM   #9
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 09:13 PM   #10
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I guess I'll have to be a bit more careful of who is out-n-about the next time I shoot my bow. I only have a 2/3 acre lot and shoot from my elevated deck into a bungee-secured bag target so even a miss(next to impossible from 20 yards) would only end up buried in my own yard. Before this past Winter, I had living 12' privacy bushes all around my property which the dang snow & ice flattened beyond survival and necessitated chainsaw surgery. Complete privacy has been reduced to perhaps 85% privacy.


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Old August 23rd, 2011, 09:40 PM   #11
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Too bad most local law enforement dont know the laws either...
Maybe a year or so ago, I was at BassPro looking at bows and crossbows; when a very nice guy struck up a conversation. I related that I didn't know much about bows, but had always been interested in shooting, not so much into bow hunting. I asked about using a crossbow for target shooting, and he advised against it, saying shooting a crossbow a lot put. Undue stress on it and wouldn't be a good idea. I asked if if was legal to shoot bow or crossbow immediately by my house at one of those archery targets? I did explain I lived in a typical burb neighborhood. He said sure, just be safe and he recommended I buy a good quality target (big block type), and to not use broadheads for target shooting, etc. We had a great, very helpful conversation, I forget exactly how it came up, but he did mention he was LEO.

This is just one of hundreds of positive encounters I've had with police.


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Old August 23rd, 2011, 09:43 PM   #12
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"I asked about using a crossbow for target shooting, and he advised against it, saying shooting a crossbow a lot put. Undue stress on it and wouldn't be a good idea" This is jut not true, they are made to be shot and not just looked at
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Old August 24th, 2011, 06:07 AM   #13
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Target shooting hundreds or thousands of times. Hunting not so much.

I'm not into archery, so I don't know; was he not right?


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Old August 24th, 2011, 07:02 AM   #14
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"I asked about using a crossbow for target shooting, and he advised against it, saying shooting a crossbow a lot put. Undue stress on it and wouldn't be a good idea" This is jut not true, they are made to be shot and not just looked at
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Thx! I might reconsider buying a crossbow for a little target shooting in the yard.

I think the LEO may have been misinformed. Found this post on a bow forum:


You'll be happy with it Crowhunter. It will probably last you the rest of your life too.

Do not worry about wearing out that crossbow.lol They will take an amazing number of shots. I've talked to crossbow shooters who have shot for many, many years with almost zero problems (especially the Excalibur shooters!). If you do have problems, then go back to the manufacturer and most of them are pretty good except for the cheap bows.

One more thing. Would you rather wear out that bow of have it sit around gathering dust and rust? Shoot it and have fun! You are in for a real treat.


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Old August 29th, 2011, 10:57 PM   #16
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Sorry to say it but I have found most L.E.O. are short on brains and long on Ego. They think they know everything and have to be in charge of everything even when they have no business even in the area and no clue ( I see this almost every day)


Several years ago I was talking about hand guns and hunting, a young LEO spoke up and said If I saw you with a handgun i the woods I would arrest you for illegal possession of a handgun. This started another conversation and he started to get upset and saying he is a police officer and he knows the laws. TO that I went to my truck and pulled out my copy of the MD hunting regs and showed him the laws regarding handguns and hunting. he just walked out of the station pissed off and proven wrong.


at work, a few weeks ago we ran a toxic gas alarm. this is an alarm that goes off in a building if it detects a toxoc gas sort of like a special smoke detector (to simplfy it) when we got to the guilding we got out our meeters and went in the building and I see two LEO standing right beside the room that had the toxic gas alarm going off in with nothing but there ego to protect them.
I'll bet those cops can spell.
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Old August 29th, 2011, 11:15 PM   #17
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I'll bet those cops can spell.


Don't count on it.
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Old September 20th, 2011, 07:45 AM   #18
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I got this off the DNR website for hunting regulations--here's the link:

http://www.eregulations.com/maryland...g-regulations/

But here's what you were asking about. And I quote...

"In addition to the regulations listed elsewhere in this guide, it is unlawful to:

•Hunt, trap or shoot at wildlife within 150 yards of an occupied structure or camp without permission of the owner or occupant. This distance is 50 yards for archery hunters on private land in Frederick County only."

Hope this helps!
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Old September 20th, 2011, 08:07 AM   #19
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There is a big difference between target shooting with a bow and hunting with a bow in reference to distance from a dwelling.
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Old September 21st, 2011, 04:57 PM   #20
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In Mt. Airy, I was told that one needs a permit in order to shoot bow in their back yard.

But definitely reference all local ordinances just to make sure.


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