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 Shooting on your own property laws – Wisconsin
cml2501  [Member]
3/31/2010 2:59:17 PM
Hi, I’m from far northern Illinois and looking to buy some land in Wisconsin specifically to use as a small private shooting range.

My question is about laws and noise ordinance issues that may come up; example:

How much land do I need to legally discharge a firearm on my property?
Are there legal issues concerning noise coming from my property?
Anything else I should be aware of before purchase?
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Interceptor_Knight  [Member]
3/31/2010 3:15:22 PM
Some townships may have goofy ordinances. The discharge of firearms is one thing which a village or town may regulate. In general, there is no minimum acreage required. Watch out for subdivisions and covenants, etc...
40xb-shooter  [Team Member]
3/31/2010 3:19:13 PM
read the local ordinances and make an educated decision from that.
REKIII  [Member]
3/31/2010 4:17:28 PM
What they said^

From what I understand the state has no discharge laws, however individual cities and townships have ordinances about the discharge of firearms.

I know my city is super lame, I could get in big trouble shooting my pellet gun. So I do it from in the house out the door.

That actually brings up another point, some cities have regulations about shooting a firearm within a certain distance of a permanant structure.
gene_wi  [Member]
3/31/2010 4:32:33 PM
No shooting in incorporated areas. Must be X number of yards form dwellings and roads.

I shoot in my yard all the time, I am in an unincorporated area.
cml2501  [Member]
3/31/2010 5:41:17 PM
thanks guys

any idea how I look up ordinance information for a specific township or county?


cml2501  [Member]
3/31/2010 5:41:54 PM

I know my city is super lame, I could get in big trouble shooting my pellet gun. So I do it from in the house out the door.


I do the exact same thing

RickFinsta  [Team Member]
3/31/2010 6:59:30 PM
I'm pretty sure there's a regulation in the administrative code (check the DNR section) about discharging within 50' of an adjacent property with an occupied dwelling on it (as in, I think you need to be at least 50' from the property line, not from the dwelling).* Other than that, local regs is probably it.

*I think this is why my local club has a 93 yard firing line instead of 100 yard; they couldn't back it up any further against the property line without violating this.
NAM  [Team Member]
3/31/2010 8:42:26 PM
Buy land. Talk to neighbors. Go shooting together. ??? Profit.

I bought a place in the country. I'll shoot if I damn well feel like it, and I do. And my one neighbor is ok with it. So it's gravy.

With that in mind, Don't become a transplan FIB, and bring Illinois with you. Leave Illinois in Illinois. You're more than welcome to become a Wisconsinite though.
Flamethrower  [Team Member]
3/31/2010 8:49:12 PM
Originally Posted By cml2501:
Hi, I’m from far northern Illinois and looking to buy some land in Wisconsin specifically to use as a small private shooting range.

My question is about laws and noise ordinance issues that may come up; example:

How much land do I need to legally discharge a firearm on my property?
Are there legal issues concerning noise coming from my property?
Anything else I should be aware of before purchase?


Can you buy land in IL? Or is this not allowed?
cml2501  [Member]
3/31/2010 10:02:48 PM
With that in mind, Don't become a transplan FIB, and bring Illinois with you. Leave Illinois in Illinois. You're more than welcome to become a Wisconsinite though.

lol - ya dont worry about me, I belong there not here. The only problem is getting the women to agree to the rural life style. She's a bit of a yuppie, but if I had it my way I'd buy a large rural property arround Iron County.

can you buy land in IL? Or is this not allowed?

Ya but I prefer Wisconsin for a variety of reasons. Plus I'm only 10 min from the boarder, have family in WI and spend most my time there.
vit15  [Member]
3/31/2010 11:34:41 PM
Originally Posted By RickFinsta:
I'm pretty sure there's a regulation in the administrative code (check the DNR section) about discharging within 50' of an adjacent property with an occupied dwelling on it (as in, I think you need to be at least 50' from the property line, not from the dwelling).* Other than that, local regs is probably it.

*I think this is why my local club has a 93 yard firing line instead of 100 yard; they couldn't back it up any further against the property line without violating this.


Sounds like Saukville.
RickFinsta  [Team Member]
4/1/2010 8:27:46 AM
Sure is!
rfb45colt  [Member]
4/1/2010 9:11:58 AM
Originally Posted By RickFinsta:
I'm pretty sure there's a regulation in the administrative code (check the DNR section) about discharging within 50' of an adjacent property with an occupied dwelling on it (as in, I think you need to be at least 50' from the property line, not from the dwelling).* Other than that, local regs is probably it.

*I think this is why my local club has a 93 yard firing line instead of 100 yard; they couldn't back it up any further against the property line without violating this.


Not aware of any "50 foot" thing, but there is a rule about "not disharging a firearm within 100yds of a dwelling devoted to human occupancy, without written permission from the owner, while on the lands of another". The key phrase is while on the lands of another.

My hunting partner and I built a duck blind on lake shore property owned by his parents. DNR warden stopped by while we were building it... he was out in the lake in his boat checking fishing licenses. What he told us was ... because there is a summer cottage owned by another that's only about 85 yards down the shore line, we both had to have the cottage owner write us a "permission slip" to legally use the blind. My partner's dad, however, needed no such permission. If the cottage owner objected to dad or us hunting there (which he didn't... he's never there during duck season) my partner's dad could've said "screw you". The warden said he could discharge a firearm anywhere on his property, regardless of how close he was to the neighbor, as long as he was not shooting over anyone else's land.... but because my partner and I are not the property owner, we needed permission.
RickFinsta  [Team Member]
4/1/2010 10:52:20 AM
If I have time I'll dig through the Admin. Code.

I wonder how the laws are worded, as in, is the "property owner" provision an exemption, or part of the actual regulation. The difference is, if it's part of the reg and not an exemption, then no warden would have RAS to make a Terry Stop after observing you firing on the property, as they have no way of knowing before making contact with you whether or not you're an owner.

Good thing we don't live in a police state!
cml2501  [Member]
4/1/2010 11:02:13 AM
Thanks again for the info guys.

Does anyone have a suggestion where I should be looking?
Currently I'm looking arround the general area of the Chequamegon National Forest but I have no idea how to look up local ordinances and restrictions.

I'll be moving to Racine WI within the year, so closer the better, but my budjet is low.
prebans  [Team Member]
4/1/2010 12:19:00 PM
Originally Posted By cml2501:
Thanks again for the info guys.

Does anyone have a suggestion where I should be looking?
Currently I'm looking arround the general area of the Chequamegon National Forest but I have no idea how to look up local ordinances and restrictions.

I'll be moving to Racine WI within the year, so closer the better, but my budjet is low.


Save money on land and get a membership at the Racine County Line Rifle Club.

Mike
vit15  [Member]
4/1/2010 12:51:27 PM
Originally Posted By RickFinsta:
Sure is!


I shoot there too.
cml2501  [Member]
4/1/2010 5:23:22 PM
Ya I was looking at the Racine Club, I currently shoot at McMiller.

Doesn’t really replace having my own recreation property, but I certainly wouldn’t mind meeting some other like minded folks. How is that club? How easy is it to get sponsored? If I join perhaps I could offer to build them a web site that doesn’t suck!
Friendlyfire13  [Member]
4/1/2010 9:15:15 PM
Only club worth jioning,class 3 and NFA friendly.Easy to get your hours in plus you meet a lot of like minded people.No RSO to contend with[1 bullet a minute or 1 round per mag crap?]I am going tommmorow at 9;30,if you want to be a guest IM me for details.Matt
RickFinsta  [Team Member]
4/1/2010 9:33:09 PM
Originally Posted By vit15:
Originally Posted By RickFinsta:
Sure is!


I shoot there too.


I just went a few hours ago. You ever make it over to West Bend Barton Sportsman's Club? Great range over there; I shoot highpower competition the first Sunday of every month. You local?
vit15  [Member]
4/2/2010 4:07:58 PM
Originally Posted By RickFinsta:
Originally Posted By vit15:
Originally Posted By RickFinsta:
Sure is!


I shoot there too.


I just went a few hours ago. You ever make it over to West Bend Barton Sportsman's Club? Great range over there; I shoot highpower competition the first Sunday of every month. You local?


Never been to WB range. I'm in Port.
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