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V I Archer
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The day I can't shoot in my backyard is the day my house goes up for sale.

I used to be a Bylaw Enforcement Officer. In general, most things, aside from building regulations are complaint driven. Be a good neighbour, stay safe, don't do anything foolish.

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Captain*Kirk
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quote:
Originally posted by longbow fanatic 1:
How close to Rockford, IL are you?

An hour and a half to 2 hours depending on traffic/time of day.

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I shoot in my backyard but we don't have any ordinances against it. I have a 6' privacy fence, and I have a wooden chicken coop in front of that, and put my target in front of the chicken coop. Worst case scenario if I miss I have fried chicken for supper.
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I feel for you guys. It must be tough to deal with restrictions on your shooting.

I'm fortunate to live in a semi rural neighborhood. I can take a flight shot or a pee off my back porch and no one would care. I can't imagine a scenario that would get me to move any closer to town.

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I would keep shooting, if anything is said just plead ignorance.
i know that's breaking the law, but you ever go over the speed limit? That's assuming that you are absolutely sure it is safe.

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I actually shot two times in my yard. Live in a subdivision outside of town, but within city limits. I've got a 6' vinyl fence too. One day I thought, when my son is playing in the yard, would I want my neighbor shooting on the other side of that fence? Not worth the risk for me. I feel confident at 15yards, but I could never again sleep at night knowing "it was my fault" if anything ever happened to harm someone/something else.

That being said- if it's safe and you've triple checked that it is; go for it!

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"No person shall shoot or fire an arrow, dart, spear or other sharp projectile by means of a bow, crossbow or other like instrument."

If you were to interperet this litterally as written you could say that you were shooting "targets" not arrows. Just don't get caught burning broken arrows or getting any Robin Hoods!

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I'd reinforce the area of the fence with Advantech and get a large target. You already have the high fence, so keep the gate shut and keep on doing what you already are.

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Seen too many threads about arrows being where they shouldn't be or intended. Some in this thread. If you live where an arrow can reach a neighbor and you don't trust your shooting to have your target with your own house as the backstop, you should not be shooting there.

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Not sure where you live in Illinois but I live in NE Illinois, Wauconda. Chain of Lakes state park has an archery range, look on their website for the information. Also Midwest Cimmarron is in Richmond and there are some awesome clubs just over the border including Big Foot archers, Waukegan bowmen, Racine Instinctive Bowmen, Kenosha Bowmen and Bucktrail archers. May not be the best solution for your issue but may be good options.
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For one, it's illegal.

More than that, unless you live in a place where a stray arrow can travel hundreds of yards without doing any damage...why is it even a consideration?

Anyone who has been shooting for any amount of time has had an accidental release, glanced off a target, etc. You've had arrows that wound up a long way from where they were intended to go.

You may get away with it, you may not. Is it worth possibly injuring (or worse) your neighbors dog, or cat, or kid, etc.?

Shoot inside your home (or shop if the arrow can't penetrate the walls).

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In my yard I only shoot at hay bales and have done so since mid 70s. Never had a wild arrow - never had an arrow bounce off - this would be a concern with a 3D target but I never shoot at them. I have never had an "accidental" release. I don't even know how that could happen with a stickbow. If kids or a pet are around I do not shoot and this occasionally happens. If I see neighbors with company I do not shoot that day. Even when I see neighbors just more active than normal in their yard I pass. This doesn't happen often. Most days though it is safe and cool to shoot and neighbors see me all the time - never a worry.

It is legal in my town - the city reformed many old laws to favor bowhunters and bowhunting about 10 years ago - field dressing and stuff in your yard. I had been shooting and hunting in the neighborhood anyway so it was good to see the town catch up to reality.

I have had zero conflict with neighbors but I guarantee it is because I shoot stickbows and in the yard I only shoot a safe lane which is "backed" by my shed. This lane is a 25 yard shot and this has probably helped a great deal in neighbors accepting. Very seldom I will shoot pine cones with a judo and never had an errant arrow.

Things have changed quickly since the compound crossbow was legalized as a bow here in NC and our town tightened up laws as soon a guy shot his buddy by accident.(that happened in another part of the state)Now to hunt you need 3 acres inside town - before there was no restriction on hunt location.

If it became illegal - and this will likely happen in the future - I would move immediately. I would not live where I could not shoot for at least a few minutes 5 days a week.

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I'd have to find a new house, outside town/city/corporate limits.

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Lady Frost
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Wow, didn't know this, but it makes sense. So far I have been lucky. My side of the duplex I live in is surrounded by an embankment with woods all around. My neighbors can't even see me, and the neighbor I have next door in our unit loves that I shoot a bow. She calls me Merida, lol.
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Captain*Kirk
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Interesting responses, on both edges of the spectrum.
FWIW, I have never been approached by an LEO about shooting nor issued a citation. In fact, I've shot back there since the early 90's completely oblivious to the fact it wasn't legal until I found the ruling on the books. BTW, it is also illegal for children to fly kites within 5 statute miles of our local airport. This makes me a Really Bad Man because all four of my boys flew kites at the park near my house and I aided and abetted...
There are towns where it is a violation to eat ice cream on Sundays as well. Just sayin'...

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