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Old October 3rd, 2019, 04:41 PM #1
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Target shooting in backyard? (Map attached - Carroll County)

Howdy! A friend of mine just bought a house, I'd like to target shoot with him in his backyard, but don't know if there's any laws stopping us.

I've seen some posts saying Carroll County only cares about noise level, and others saying the hunting law of 150 yards somehow applies to regular target shooting.

I'm attaching a map showing the layout (he said his property is probably residential). My questions are:

- Can I target shoot with a .22?
- If I legally bought a suppresor, would that change anything?
- If yes to target shooting... Can I shoot skeet/trap? ��
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Old October 3rd, 2019, 04:44 PM #2
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Not sure at CC, but this would not work in MoCo.

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First thing.

The hunting law reads 150 yards from an "occupied dwelling" WITHOUT permission from the owner. So, don't stress much about that. We would need to know some sort of elevations in order to give any advice, makes a big difference. As far as shooting with 7.5-8 shot (clay targets). You can/will rain shot down around 250-275 yards. Much depends on wind, if/how many trees, shot size, load, etc.

My opinion, it's a can of worms. ~200' is no ground at all to cover. I've been involved as a volunteer at a very busy club where we were pelting a neighbors house and vehicles from no where anyone would have ever expected we'd be able to. First two times were relatively cordial conversations, I gave him a full sized ham and all was well. Third time the guy came over and was looking to straight up fight me over.

And,.... I don't blame em. Pisses me off when I get rained on while we're shooting, if it were my house, cars and kids... I'd be pretty unhappy.
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Keep in mind, in the example above we are shooting on a 35 acre parcel, over 80 acres total of gun club grounds. Your drawing looks like your buddy has about 2.25 acres or so. At absolute minimum he's going to need to become very friendly with the neighbors.
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First thing.

The hunting law reads 150 yards from an "occupied dwelling" WITHOUT permission from the owner. So, don't stress much about that. We would need to know some sort of elevations in order to give any advice, makes a big difference. As far as shooting with 7.5-8 shot (clay targets). You can/will rain shot down around 250-275 yards. Much depends on wind, if/how many trees, shot size, load, etc.

My opinion, it's a can of worms. ~200' is no ground at all to cover. I've been involved as a volunteer at a very busy club where we were pelting a neighbors house and vehicles from no where anyone would have ever expected we'd be able to. First two times were relatively cordial conversations, I gave him a full sized ham and all was well. Third time the guy came over and was looking to straight up fight me over.

And,.... I don't blame em. Pisses me off when I get rained on while we're shooting, if it were my house, cars and kids... I'd be pretty unhappy.
Makes sense. Target shooting is my main focus, skeet/trap is just a bonus. The right side of his property is elevated ~20ft. He doesn't know his neighbors yet so that's still an unknown variable.
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I don’t recommend 50 BMG.
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Berm/bullet trap will work really well in a residential area for small caliber stuff.
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I'll just add start with some CCI Quiet 22 the first time to "break the ice" with the neighbors.
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I'll just add start with some CCI Quiet 22 the first time to "break the ice" with the neighbors.
That's the plan, but is there any legal restriction? Maryland laws don't make any sense, and I don't want to be liable.
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That's the plan, but is there any legal restriction? Maryland laws don't make any sense, and I don't want to be liable.
I'm not sure of the legal restrictions, sorry.

And agreed on MD law.

Personally, I would, and have, responsibly target shoot quiet 22 on personal or friends/relatives property if I had done my due diligence but couldn't decipher the regulations for certain.

20-30 years ago people in the MD counties wouldn't even bat an eye at plinking in the back yard.
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