Can I legally shoot outdoors in Il? (Other than a range)

Discussion in 'Range Report' started by Eric76, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. Eric76

    Eric76 New Member

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    Is there a place I can legally shoot outdoors in Il? (Other than a range)

    Im in the Grundy/Lasalle county area and Im wondering I can shoot pistols and clays ,not rifles, outdoors anywhere as long as its safe? The closer ranges are expensive and I thought if I was safe and clean up, obviously, would I be legal or do I have to know someone with private property somewhere? I dont really know people in the Lasalle /Grundy area who I can shoot with.If anyone has any ideas PLEASE send me a PM.Im not looking to turn anyones spot into a public gathering LOL It would just be me and Id always be clean and legal (FOID,safe) . Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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    Hi Eric Welcome to the FTF

    Not knowing the area there is no way to tell you if it is ok to shoot there. Maybe go to a local gun shop and ask there about where folks go to shoot.

    You might want to post up a hello in the introduction thread, tell us a bit about you.
     

  3. Eric76

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    Yeah I would defintely be safe.Thats part of why Im asking .I want to have fun not create any problems.. Thanks for the help, now if I just knew someone with some land..LOL..Thanks for the welcome too guys
     
  4. Jo da Plumbr

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    Eric
    Keep in mind that if you are out shooting and some LEO comes up and arrests you, saying "but the guy on the internet said it was OK" is not going to help. Get some local input as to the laws in your area. Many areas do not allow shooting even if you do own the land or have land owner permission.
     
  5. Eric76

    Eric76 New Member

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    I thought about that very thing. I know its ok on private land(talked with sheriffs office) I just wondered about open public area I guess.I would NOT want to chance it without knowing for sure. Im sure people on here will give me useful info or tell me if they cant , I know I would... You are right I dont want to have LEO in my face with no explaination .LOL. NOT GOOD!! ..I just want to have legal safe fun!!
     
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    Very smart. I really have found a great source to be at the local gun shop. If the guys at the counter can't help the other patrons are usually happy to give tips on local ranges or shooting areas. One of the great things about gun guys is we seem to be very helpful to each other.
     
  7. Eric76

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    Youre right about that !! Its because we know we have to stick together.Plus shooting is always more fun with someone else. I just need to get in touch with other shooters around. I dont know many people in my area, let alone guys like us.
     
  8. c3shooter

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    Eric- out of curiousity, I pulled the Google Earth image for Morris IL. Looks like South of town there is a bunch of farmland. Do what I do- find a farm, knock on the door, ASK. You get a lot of doors slammed on ya- but you also get places to shoot.

    Ref: Public land- unless you have state lands (state forests) remember that those open fields and woods are probably NOT "public land"- someone OWNS it. Going onto someone else's land without their permission is called trespass.
     
  9. nwrednk

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    Range worthey?

    Even if you never have a desire to hunt game, your local fish & game office
    will gladly provide the info you seek & provide maps to areas that allow
    target practice! (Thats how it "used to be" in California over 20 yrs ago) &
    in Idaho, the Idfg is very helpfull! And ask some gunstores in your area
    about the "primitive ones" that might exist in your area that are known
    mainly by "the locals" like the one in our hunting area!:)
     
  10. Eric76

    Eric76 New Member

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    Im going to try that.Ive been hunting around for a place to shoot and NOTHIN! I will try the Illinois DNR and see if they can help.Ill probably be better off trying c3shooters idea and ask farmers if I may shoot on their property.Who knows I may get a place and a partner to shoot with if Im real real lucky.Right now Ill take anyplace to shoot (legal of course).I would prefer private property because I think that will be less hassle but the DNR is on my list too. Maybe Ill find someone here and it would be a fellow shooter too. I dont wanna push it, Ive already got my fingers crossed on a place to target shoot...
    Thanks for the input!!!
     
  11. CK3

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    I know this is a VERY old post but I was wondering if you found anywhere? I just moved from Minooka to Manhattan IL. & Ive been on the hunt for an outdoor place to shoot my toys. I would love to shoot steel targets for a change.. I can't stand shooting paper anymore..
     
  12. unclebear

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    I don't really know how laws are where your at but I had to go to the city hall talk to a couple of different people, they had to check where the property was so determine if it was out of city limits and they had to send a guy out to make sure we had the a safe area.
     
  13. Buckethead47

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    Xe the law is a distance from any residence. If you know any farm owners thats the best. I used to shoot and target practice at a farm in lake county. The farm is gone now but cops showed up and will ask questions but as long as if you are within the distance law and not killing anything out of season. so if you have enough space allowed to be there and doing what you should be doing you should be fine.