Originally Posted By LawdogRD10:
I would think shooting at your range, backyard, etc. is perfectly fine. I think in the field is anyplace you would expect to hunt. Common sense applies. I would hate to be in my stand, which is in an sparsely-wooded area with mostly open fields around it for about 1/4-1/2 mile each direction have a guy decide to zero his .300 Win Mag across his property from where I'm at. Theoretically, it could happen. Actually likely since not all of us just common sense.
If I lived in Missouri, where you commonly hear of accidental shootings during deer season (where they use rifles). It still happens here with shotguns, but not as frequently. Not trying to turn this into a shotguns are safer as opposed to rifles, but a guy shooting a shotgun at the other end of a field doesn't concern me as much as a rifle with far superior ballistics. They just tend to go a little further, flatter, and are a tad more accurate.
I hate the shotgun rule. I have quit gun hunting deer because of it. Pistol caliber carbines are just as safe, there is no reason for this restriction to continue.