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Old October 17th, 2020, 08:00 PM #1
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Are there any laws preventing me from building a target in my back yard to shoot a compound bow? I only have 1/4 acre but my fence backs to woods. I guess my fence would be at risk , but otherwise?
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Old October 17th, 2020, 08:10 PM #2
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Are there any laws preventing me from building a target in my back yard to shoot a compound bow? I only have 1/4 acre but my fence backs to woods. I guess my fence would be at risk , but otherwise?
Where are you? Have you checked local or county ordinances? City limits?
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If you have a HOA check with them too
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If you have a HOA check with them too
Or tell your HOA to shove it up their rear if there is no actual government ordinance against it

The only thing an HOA could whine about is a structure for the target

Unless their contract with the HOA specifically bars any kind of archery (I highly doubt it does) and HOA can blow it out it's backside

If you check with them first the Karens who run those things will just say no because they tend to be control freaks. Read your homeowner's agreement yourself and find out. If the HOA comes to you later tell them to point to where it is specifically barred
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Ask for forgiveness. Shoot away.

I shoot 50 cal in my backyard.
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Old October 28th, 2020, 03:58 PM #7
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Many HOAs are often powerless. And with the ones I've dealt with (and been on the board) was easier to get forgiveness than permission.
I had one building approval that was needing to be signed off on and laughed when they said "we were not sure if we were going to grant it". Needle neck that wanted authority cause he did not have it in life. I voted him off the next election and only took a few words to friends to make that happen.
They can pretty much levy fines but only enforceable by putting a lien on the property that needs to be paid off to sell your house.
Often, if the owner is a Pain in the Arse, they will remove the lien just to get rid of you.
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Old October 28th, 2020, 04:30 PM #8
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My idiot neighbor was doing just that last summer. He hit my shed 3 times. Good thing that I wasn’t out there when he was playing Robin Hood. I should have called the police.
It’s ok to flame away, I won’t be checking this thread again.
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My idiot neighbor was doing just that last summer. He hit my shed 3 times. Good thing that I wasn’t out there when he was playing Robin Hood. I should have called the police.
It’s ok to flame away, I won’t be checking this thread again.
There is a difference between safely shooting responsibly while not bothering anyone and some idiot using your shed as a backstop

These are very different scenarios

The guy who leaves any chance of his arrow hitting someone else's shed is an asshole and deserve a ripe whoppin'

The guy who is safely shooting into the woods (like the OP) shouldn't have to give a crap what some busy body neighbor thinks
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When I lived in Eldersburg, I only had 1/6 acre which made archery challenging. I used black pipe and made a frame to hold a 5x6 The Shield archery backstop. In front of that, I used a couple bales of straw to keep my yellow jacket bag target off the ground. Set in the back corner of my yard, with neighbors fences behind me and to the right have me a shooting lane along the side of the house. I could get up to 36ish yards, if I wanted to shoot 40yards, I had to stand in the street on the white line. Only did that during low traffic times and typically parked my truck on the road to block the view of the Karen's driving by. Usually when couples or families were walking the neighborhood (sidewalk across the street) and saw me for the first time, I'd chat with them, once they understood the set up with the backstop, all good. Figured it was easier to chat and explain then deal with the HOA naziasshatskarenswhocango phuckthemselvesbecausetheyhavenothingbettertodo.

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