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    Quote Originally Posted by Sniper 79 View Post
    Wife and I hashed over this many times. It's a no go for us.

    How do you police it?
    Critters and mother nature take over if your not there.
    Locals know you aren't there so they saw wood, vandalize, poach, and destroy. Then if they fall out of a tree and shoot themselves it's your fault.
    Neighbors police it...We are there every weekend (weather permitting) so the critters stay way...A big black snake lives under the house and keeps the mice inside at bay by visiting the inside during the week....The locals are good people and have a thousand acres of their own so no need to come onto my little po dunk spot...

    A local reserve police officer and guard at the local prison cuts our grass in the summer...In five years we have never had a human or animal in any way damage our property...Rural people watch out for each other...

    This is based on my experience of the past five years...Things may be different up north....As I said....This has just been our experience and and I am not doubting the call you made regarding not having property with a range...

    (Plus I don't think a public range would allow me to shoot my K 22 from my tub wearing nothing but an old Stetson...)
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    I have thought about it many times. I would want the land close enough to home to drive that wouldn't be an unconvience but far enough away from the burbs to have some open space. In my area that means very costly property. One of these factors would need to be sacrificed to make it cost effective.

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    Whenever I pass property with a large hillside cut out for sand and gravel, I think how great it would be for a "private" shooting range. Think it was just last week (can't find the article now), a man up around Niles, MI accidently shot his neighbor; I believe something like 800' away, apparently because he didn't give enough thought to his backstop. Not saying a private range is a bad idea, just saying for anyone thinking about this, a woods may not be sufficient.

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    I've been both an absentee and live in land owner. Trespass issues are just something that comes with owning land if you aren't there or can't manage access of your borders. Four legged critter issues are more of a problem since we now live here, but can be managed. My shooting range back into the side of a ravine and it's three miles that direction to the nearest sign of civilization.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indiucky View Post
    Neighbors police it...We are there every weekend (weather permitting) so the critters stay way...A big black snake lives under the house and keeps the mice inside at bay by visiting the inside during the week....The locals are good people and have a thousand acres of their own so no need to come onto my little po dunk spot...

    A local reserve police officer and guard at the local prison cuts our grass in the summer...In five years we have never had a human or animal in any way damage our property...Rural people watch out for each other...

    This is based on my experience of the past five years...Things may be different up north....As I said....This has just been our experience and and I am not doubting the call you made regarding not having property with a range...

    (Plus I don't think a public range would allow me to shoot my K 22 from my tub wearing nothing but an old Stetson...)


    Black snake...? OOoohhhhhhh!!!

    Can I have it??? I promise to feed it LOTS of mice.!
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    Great responses. It's neat to see people actually doing this.

    For me it wouldn't just be shooting, camping, hunting, fishing all would be nice. The priorities are shooting and camping.

    I live in the suburbs with houses on top of each other. We haven't been there long and our house is nice enough. I just need some space. Also, the big issue is I do defensive shooting drills and would like to set up a USPSA \ IDPA type range. It's near impossible to find a range outdoor or indoor that allows drawing from a holster or steel targets. And then the local IDPA \ USPSA clubs are hard to get a membership to. I can't believe how frustratingly difficult it can be to just find a place to do defensive drills. I've been searching for several weeks now with nothing. It's led me to "Man, I guess I need to buy a little land!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Libertarian01 View Post


    Black snake...? OOoohhhhhhh!!!

    Can I have it??? I promise to feed it LOTS of mice.!
    She's currently employed...
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    Got 20 acres in northwest Michigan in the Manistee Forest. We put a 14x16 yard barn on it to stay in. Been broke into 5 times. Put folks in jail twice. Completely worth it. Now that I read this I'm packing and going up tomorrow. Feed the deer and sit a good fire.

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    I bought about 7 acres outside of Bedford a few years ago intending to do this. It is mostly wooded and on the side of a hill with a creek running by. Then I had some health issues and never really did much with it yet. It's about 1-1/2 hour drive so I don't get there often. I have taken my sons there a few times to shoot 22 rifle and revolver with the hill as a backstop. I had big plans for it when I bought it. There is a cleared spot at the top that I thought I might put a cabin on. I have seen deer on trail cams and seen them standing by the road going there. The bad thing is, there is always signs that people have been there. Sometimes we find old furniture and garbage have been dumped next to the bridge over the creek. Some people just have no sense. Pretty sad.

    Maybe this year I will put up some signs spend some more time out there. Definitely enough room for 100 yard range.

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    I had an opportunity to buy 10 acres with a pond and small house, but I was the second person to look and, of course, the first person bought it! Recently the seller called me and I had thought, even after a year, that something went wrong with the deal. Sadly, she just wanted to tell me about another property that was not at all what I wanted. Still looking, just seems like it would be fun. Everything the previous posts have brought up is a concern for any absentee owner. Think I'll check out Craig's List right now!


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