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savedbydbelle
04-26-2003, 05:13 PM
I remember in my hunter saftey class that there is a part of Michigan Firearms Law that states it is illegal to discharge a firearm (hunt) within _________feet of an occupied dwelling without the express permission of the owners. What is that distance number?????

enfield
04-26-2003, 05:26 PM
400 feet as I recall.

GMAN12
04-26-2003, 06:42 PM
The "02" hunting guide say's all area's within 150 yds. of an occupied building, house, cabin, or any other building used in a farm operation.

Big_Jim
04-26-2003, 07:42 PM
150yds=450 feet. Applies only to hunting. Does not apply to indoor or outdoor shooting ranges, target shooting, etc... (p10) of hunting guide.

savedbydbelle
04-26-2003, 09:44 PM
Thanks for the replies! I went out to my property with a measure wheel today....seems I can find a spot with a 450ft distance to both neighbors' house/barn. I was worried!

gjgalligan
04-27-2003, 04:24 PM
I believe that if you have their permission then you could hunt closer.
Check with legal eagles first.

I was told that the 450 foot rule also applied to target shooting.

Big_Jim
04-27-2003, 05:39 PM
I believe that if you have their permission then you could hunt closer.
Check with legal eagles first.

I was told that the 450 foot rule also applied to target shooting.

I've been "told" a lot of things. It's right in the book, look it up.

gjgalligan
04-27-2003, 08:56 PM
It's right in the book, look it up

What book would that be?
Where I checked it was a township ordanace (bad spelling, I know)

So in THEIR book it was a no-no.

boehr
04-27-2003, 09:22 PM
The safety zone is 450 feet. It does not apply to target practice, only hunting and all hunting including bow. You can violate someone's safety zone if you have the owner's permission.

Engsetter
04-27-2003, 11:50 PM
Boehr, welcome to the site!!! :D :D Your expertise in answering questions regarding Michigans hunting law is invaluable.

Big_Jim
04-28-2003, 09:48 AM
It's right in the book, look it up

What book would that be?
Where I checked it was a township ordanace (bad spelling, I know)

So in THEIR book it was a no-no.

The Michigan Hunting and Trapping Guide on Page 10. Some townships do have more restrictive laws. But I refer to the hunting guide book.

G22
04-28-2003, 11:19 AM
Try this link:
http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10363_10919_11749-31581--,00.html

savedbydbelle
04-28-2003, 12:52 PM
Thanks all! I think I can find a site on my property that's "legal" for building my permanent blind.....provided my neighbors don't put up a new garage or something!

cliffd
04-28-2003, 02:19 PM
If your neighbors put up a garage, just look at it as another opportunity. Pay for the installation of a window and you will have another blind.

:P

boehr
05-04-2003, 05:00 PM
The townships that may have more restrictive laws are done through the DNR by way of a public hearing which is then recommended for a local hunting control and may prohibit certain types of hunting. These types of hunting however does not change the safety zone law. One can search for local hunting controls for their county here;

http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10366_11861_16597---,00.html

Lt. Ray Boehringer
District Law Supervisor
DNR - Law Division

savedbydbelle
05-04-2003, 10:22 PM
Thanks! Just checked out the Hillsdale County regulations.....and there aren't any!!!! Yes..good news for me!

papabear
11-18-2003, 03:19 PM
Being a proud resident of Hillsdale county, I ask are you suprised? We are lucky to miss most of the lunacy that affects other areas. There are some advantages to living in the sticks

cl
06-04-2005, 10:44 PM
I really wish Id kept all the hunting/fishing rules back since I first started reading them. Anyone know of a website w/ rules back to 60's or so.

Reason being when the 150 yards rule first came in I believe it was for shooting firearms-ie not bow. Then somewhere along the way it was changed to hunting.

Target shooting is exempt but dont bet 5 cents on the sheriff (or MSP) reps who roll to your range to know that. Have the DNR rule book with yourself.