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State Law For shooting near houses
« on: October 24, 2009, 07:57:50 PM »
Does anyone know offhand the rules for shooting near houses?  We've got a few bucks coming into our apple trees every night and only have five acres.  We are in a semi residential area, not in the city limits and there are no county ordinances that I know of restricting shooting.  Is the state rule 500ft from residences? 
Coming down the last day & am considering having my wife take one of the bucks.

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Re: State Law For shooting near houses
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2009, 08:01:56 PM »
call the sherrif.

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Re: State Law For shooting near houses
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2009, 08:47:10 PM »
 :yeah: And if you can...use a slug gun. :twocents:
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Re: State Law For shooting near houses
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2009, 08:50:15 PM »
don;t use a rifle! I know where I am at, i can shoot

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Re: State Law For shooting near houses
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2009, 08:56:31 PM »
Check the regs first. If you can't find it there then check the county ordinances. The counties will normally defer to the game department guidelines in this situation. That is how it is where I live.

I just looked up an article a few days ago about Bainbridge Island. The article states it is legal to use shotgun, muzzleloader, archery, and it may have even been legal for some pistols. Most residents of Bainbridge don't even know that and when they see somebody hunting, they freek out and call the law.
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Re: State Law For shooting near houses
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2009, 09:03:32 PM »
Listen to What Gutpile said! Neighbors will call cops first!

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Re: State Law For shooting near houses
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2009, 10:06:28 PM »
Does anyone know offhand the rules for shooting near houses?  We've got a few bucks coming into our apple trees every night and only have five acres.  We are in a semi residential area, not in the city limits and there are no county ordinances that I know of restricting shooting.  Is the state rule 500ft from residences? 
Coming down the last day & am considering having my wife take one of the bucks.


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Re: State Law For shooting near houses
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2009, 10:08:58 PM »
I would bet the cops don't know for sure either. I would double check with at least two agencies.
We called in someone hunting with a high powered rifle near our home in the city limits.
Lots of officers showed up and none knew if it was illegal to hunt  or just to discharge a weapon within the city limits. They had to wait for the on duty Sargent to show. He didn't know either.

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Re: State Law For shooting near houses
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2009, 10:09:08 PM »
Here is a start for Asotin County,

For more information regarding Code Enforcement and the ordinances enforced by the Code Enforcement Officer, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 243-4717.

Hope this helps.

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Re: State Law For shooting near houses
« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2009, 09:10:24 AM »
If it's legal to shoot guns in the area it's OK. Just watch your back stop.

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Re: State Law For shooting near houses
« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2009, 09:23:30 AM »
county will tell ya ,as stated before watch your back stop they will check that..Myself and my neighbor shoot sometimes in our yard,one neighbor freaks out, but, well they moved. :chuckle: the sheriff will come and look at the situation..Dont tell anyone but they might even shoot your muzzleloader.. :chuckle:

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Re: State Law For shooting near houses
« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2009, 10:51:31 AM »
county will tell ya ,as stated before watch your back stop they will check that..Myself and my neighbor shoot sometimes in our yard,one neighbor freaks out, but, well they moved. :chuckle: the sheriff will come and look at the situation..Dont tell anyone but they might even shoot your muzzleloader.. :chuckle:

ya most of them are the same as us ( do I want to shoot it ha, is that even a question! )  :chuckle:

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Re: State Law For shooting near houses
« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2009, 12:00:48 PM »
call the sherrif.

With a last name of Gunkel, you about have to be related to the old sheriff.  That's a good place to start.  I wish I knew the answer, but I'm no help.  Would they happen to be the bucks in the live/dead mixed orchard on 5 acres in the Heights that the old lady won't let anyone hunt on?
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Re: State Law For shooting near houses
« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2009, 01:35:21 PM »
i would like to know this as well , i live in unicorp. king in maple valley , on 3.5 acres , with about 14 acres unused behind my house all trees forest , but i have several neighbors around me , i shot my 16 guage once here and that was about it , one of my neighbors said its ok , but he said depends on how many other neighbors call it in

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Re: State Law For shooting near houses
« Reply #14 on: October 25, 2009, 01:47:05 PM »
i think as long as you arent in a no shooting xone you should be fine. might be wrong though. i have seen animals shot out of windows of houses and all was good.

 

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