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Old 05-15-2018, 02:34 PM   #1
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Carrying an air rifle in the Adirondacks

My friends and I want to shoot some targets in the Adirondacks with some air rifles. Is that allowed?
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Old 05-15-2018, 03:00 PM   #2
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Generally, yes, target shooting is allowed on state land in the Adirondacks outside of any developed day use areas or campgrounds. A few important considerations:
  • You cannot use breakable targets. This includes glass bottles (or glass of any kind), clay pigeons, etc.
  • You cannot shoot at trees, or have a target adhered to a tree in a way that shooting at it will cause damage to the tree.
  • You must ensure that you have a safe backdrop. I.e., pick a spot where you're shooting into the side of a hill, and have a good view of what lies beyond your target. If you don't do this, you can be charged with reckless endangerment. (I know air rifles are less dangerous... but to quote somebody's mother, "you could still put someone's eye out." )
  • You technically do need to carry everything out with you. You should at least make an honest attempt to pick up all stray pellets- don't leave the area a mess with plastic or metal BB's scattered around (or whatever you're using). In general, metal BB's are probably better as the environmental impact is less if you miss a few.
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:32 AM   #3
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as ds stated
also double check specific area your going to,
making sure theres no further restrictions on such activities
general rules allow for such on most ADK lands, but specific areas with various land designations could have restrictions

(ab) No person shall possess breakable targets, including but not limited to clay pigeons, on State lands and no person shall target shoot at breakable targets, including but not limited to clay pigeons and glass containers, on State lands. Unless legally engaged in the act of hunting, no person shall discharge firearms on State lands posted or designated as closed to target shooting.

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Old 05-17-2018, 09:39 AM   #4
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Gone are the days when you could stick a marshmallow into the bark of a three foot wide tree for an instant backstop or throw a bad ping pong ball into the Mississippi River to have a moving, bouncing target. Glass light bulbs were easier to hit.....

Sounds like it would be good idea to shoot into a target that retains and traps the shot.

What could that be?
Do they make such a target. Possibly for a range in the basement.

All I can think of is a watermelon or pumpkin, but then they'd be a mess to carry out.
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Old 05-17-2018, 10:39 AM   #5
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You can probably find (or make) a lightweight pellet trap like this one.
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Old 05-17-2018, 01:15 PM   #6
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Here's a portable one:

Although, I'd personally enjoy watching someone try to pick up bunch of BBs or pellets they've fired.
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