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state land regulations question

Postby geotreb » Mon Oct 16, 2006 6:05 pm

How many yards must you be from a dwelling if you're shooting shotguns on state land?

Do you guys know?

Thanks!
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Postby Leakydecoy » Tue Oct 17, 2006 8:40 am

440 (i.e. one quarter of a mile) if it's an occupied dwelling as opposed to an abandoned shack.

http://dnrc.mt.gov/trust/REMB/statues/recreationaluse.asp
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Postby geotreb » Tue Oct 17, 2006 8:47 am

Thanks :)
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Postby fun4jake » Tue Oct 17, 2006 9:28 am

leakydecoy
Thanks for the good link. Its nice to be able to reference good documentation for these kind of questions.
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Postby Fredito » Tue Oct 17, 2006 10:13 am

Thanks for posting the info....thats a good link
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Postby Duck Runner » Tue Oct 17, 2006 11:09 am

How about on a river? Is there a distance requirement when shooting between the high water marks? I have never seen any information.
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Postby Leakydecoy » Tue Oct 17, 2006 7:05 pm

Distances aren't specified in the Stream Access Law. I can't imagine any excuse for being any closer than the quarter mile required on state lands. As you'll recall, a bill was proposed in the legislature in the past two years to allow landowners to establish no shooting zones below the HW mark on their property. Fortunately, it was defeated. However, there is NO need to give waterfront landowners any ammo (literally and figuratively) that would threaten the stream access law. I've come to appreciate it more and more as I work in Wyoming and Colorado where it's illegal to so much as drop an anchor from your boat making mile after mile of streams inaccessible to the wader.

Here's a good overview of the SA law from a MWF newsletter this past summer:
http://www.huntingandfishingjournal.org/archives/issues/MWF-2006-06-Dos+Donts.pdf
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Postby Duck Runner » Tue Oct 17, 2006 7:41 pm

I came from Nebraska. You don't hunt the river unless you have big $$$ or want to join the hordes who frequent the public access spots.

There are quite a few spots on the rivers around Missoula where it would be impossible to be a quarter mile from a dwelling - most of the valleys around Missoula are not a half mile wide and hold many ducks.
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Postby phutch30 » Wed Oct 18, 2006 8:25 am

The distance on a river is the same as discharging a shotgun anywhere else. I believe it is 1/4 of an occupied dwelling. I may be wrong.
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