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    Question about shooting on private property

    I'll get right to the point.
    I shoot my guns quite a bit on my grandpas property but im pretty sure ive been pissing off his neighbor.
    So myself and 2 friends of mine went shooting some of my rifles a few days ago on my grandpas empty property which is perfectly legal in this area. So about 30 minutes into shooting 2 police county sheriffs jump the fence onto the property with their guns drawn on us and demand us throw down our weapons and put our hands on our heads. They tell each of us to sit down about 30 feet away from eachother and ask me whos property it is and what we are doing there. I tell them its my grandpas property, I provide them his name and address and also tell them my uncle has property (which he lives on) right next door. They run our I.D's and run the serial numbers on all 4 of my guns which everything comes back clean. The whole process takes about 25 minutes.
    Now this is the second time the neighbor has called the police on me saying he heard "suspicious" gunfire and was worried that someone was trespassing on someone elses property. The first time the officer pulled me over as i was leaving the property and ran my I.D. Again, everything came back clean. I've been shooting there about 3 times a month for the past year but i think the neighbor has become annoyed ever since i started shooting my AR15 (which was the first time he called the police). Before the AR15 i was shooting .22 and my shotgun. But I feel that since he doesnt like for me to shoot out there he will call the police on me all the time now. Both times so far the police told me that they will let the neighbor know that everything was fine and there wasnt any illegal activity going on. My question is is there anything I can do to avoid having to go through this everytime I go shooting. Do the police officers log the outcome of the call somewhere? Having to put my hands on my head and throw down my gun isnt my ideal day at the range.

    Sorry for the long story, I just wanted to paint a picture for you on what happened so you can provide some input. Thanks in advance. This is in Hays County by the way.

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    Call the local police and let them know you're shooting that day on the land. Worked for someone else I knew with the same problem.

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    Re: Question about shooting on private property

    Welcome to TGT. I think my first course of action would be to drive onto the neighbor's property with a hot cup of coffee, introduce myself and ask if he likes cream and/or sugar. Then tell him you have been shooting next door to him and ask him why that makes him uncomfortable. Hear him out. (You and friends might be sending ricochets into his morning coffee or something).
    be courteous and find out why he is calling Hayes Co. Maybe invite him to kill some Bud Light cans. Might avert further calls.
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    Re: Question about shooting on private property

    Welcome. If neither of those work, get a louder gun IMO.
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    Re: Question about shooting on private property

    I wonder why your grandpa and this neighbor aren't talking. Maybe a deeper rooted problem there that should be talked out as well. Have you talked to your grandpa about this? Seems he could head some of this off if there was a good neighborly relation there.
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    Re: Question about shooting on private property

    How much land are you shooting on? How close to the neighbor is the shooting taking place?

    Just because it is legal does not make neighborly.

    Anyway, I would call Police ahead of time and tell them you are out there.

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    Re: Question about shooting on private property

    My neighbor called the law on me once for the same reason. If it is legal, there isn't anything the law can do as long as it is safe and during the daylight hours (6am to 10pm here).

    I went to his house the next day and figured out what the problem was. My shooting was freaking out his grandkids. I gave him my number (his wife called the law btw) and told him if they had something going on and it was a problem to call me. As I can shoot anytime, I let him know I would stop and shoot later.

    Try to be neighborly first. Invite him to shoot with you. If that doesn't work, then get the loudest gun you can. Screw him.

    Be warned, some people don't understand "plinking". They may think you are just shooting at random and being dangerous. When my neighbor's wife called the law, she asked he husband "how many shots does it take to sight in a deer rifle?". I was plinking with my 44 Magnum.
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    Re: Question about shooting on private property

    Carter's Country on the north side of Houston receives complaints often. The range has been at its current location for approx. 40 years. That long ago, the area was rural. Today, subdivisions surround it. Modern folk seem to be very uncomfortable with muzzle reports. Since a rifle can be heard for, literally, miles, what do shooters do when they become the annoying minority?

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    Re: Question about shooting on private property

    Sounds like a good reason to get a silencer. :tongueout:

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    Re: Question about shooting on private property

    Thanks guys for the suggestions and responses. Well my grandpa bought the property in the '70s' and doesnt live on it. My uncle lives on the next property over and said that hes had a few problems with him also (not sure exactly what). Going over to his house sounds like a good idea but im not too sure how he would handle it. Maybe I'll try it just so I can say "I tried". The only reason why I'm so hesitant is because Ive had a run in with him already. One time i was shooting and he jumped the fence to see what was "going on". I didnt like that he jumped the fence and on top of that attempted to open my bag to see what other firearms I had. I didnt want to be rude though because I thought maybe my grandpa and my uncle know him. But i later found out they dont really like him. He just seems like a nosey neighbor I think.
    Im shooting on 30 acres and all the lead gets caught into sand and dirt. I've only heard a few ricochets since i've been shooting. Maybe ill call the local police and give that a try.

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