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Old 22-03-2014, 14:17   #16
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Re: Firing a gun on Lake Ontario

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I know there are tuns of threads about keeping a gun on board. But what if i want to fire off some rounds while i'm floating around on Lake Ontario. I'm a liscenced gun owner, gun is registured, boat is way off shore, no one is around (close enough to get hit). Can i get in trouble?
I'm not sure why you would want to post a question like that to a bunch of strangers on an internet forum, but since you did - you have my permission.
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Old 22-03-2014, 14:20   #17
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In Canada it is illegal to fire a gun from a vehicle.
When did they outlaw duck hunting in Canada?

Lots of folks duck hunt from small boats. I suspect the vehicle reference is an on road vehicle.
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Old 22-03-2014, 14:50   #18
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Excellent idea as you will be safer and have more pleasure cruising in the Caribbean or along the east coast.

Up here on the Great Lakes it is normally buggy, cold, rainy, and foggy most of the summer. Plus the natives like myself spend the summer months drinking beer and taking pot shots from our modest yachts at anything that floats or moves. That is when we are not in the forest hunting, drinking beer, and skinning anything that breathes.
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Re: Firing a gun on Lake Ontario

Note to self: try to fit in a trip to Gt. Lakes. My kind of people up there. Bring a couple bricks of plinking ammo.
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Re: Firing a gun on Lake Ontario

popping and plinkin is a great past time, the problem i see is that you have a gun and nothing is in season, that could be an issue, some game wardens may try to seize your vessel as you could be considered a potential poacher or worse get put in the books as one.
better wait till September when duck season starts and you can pop off all the rounds you want
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I know there are tuns of threads about keeping a gun on board. But what if i want to fire off some rounds while i'm floating around on Lake Ontario. I'm a liscenced gun owner, gun is registured, boat is way off shore, no one is around (close enough to get hit). Can i get in trouble?

Just what the world needs another man with a gun.
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Old 22-03-2014, 16:54   #22
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Re: Firing a gun on Lake Ontario

Season? That is what we put on the meat to make it taste better. BYOB. Bring your own bullets, damn hard to find much here
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popping and plinkin is a great past time, the problem i see is that you have a gun and nothing is in season, that could be an issue, some game wardens may try to seize your vessel as you could be considered a potential poacher or worse get put in the books as one.
better wait till September when duck season starts and you can pop off all the rounds you want
IN season game is not required to exercise 2nd amendment rights. Its actually less hassle. No license required & you are not irritating other hunters. In Michigan, you may not be in the woods with a rim fire during deer season for example; duck season, you must have non-toxic shot and nothing else. Turkey-only #4,5,6 shot - its complicated. Requires reading and painful exercise of common sense and etiquette.

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Just what the world needs another man with a gun.
I bet you just weighed in to dispense judgment. You're with friends don't hold back. I'm sure it's going to change some minds around CF.

You may want to consider that the OP was trying to figure out what was legal up here on the Great Lakes. I would say that is a pretty upstanding citizen thing to do.
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I know there are tuns of threads about keeping a gun on board. But what if i want to fire off some rounds while i'm floating around on Lake Ontario. I'm a liscenced gun owner, gun is registured, boat is way off shore, no one is around (close enough to get hit). Can i get in trouble?
I'm fairly certain you would be in trouble for having a gun on board, let alone firing it, on the Canadian side of the lake. I'll let others comment on the legalities in NY.

Do I think it's a stupid idea? Yes. Also, sound carries especially on any day calm enough to make it worthwhile, which would be disconcerting to other boats. Plinking's fun... just do it on land.
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You've never heard of the sea dog, cousin of the prairie dog?
Yeah but if yer gonna make a coat out of sea dog fur you don't want a bunch of holes in it so it's best if you trap them!
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Yeah but if yer gonna make a coat out of sea dog fur you don't want a bunch of holes in it so it's best if you trap them!
No worries, mate! 5200 will patch those holes right up and a little baggywrinkle will cover the blemishes. Go for it and shoot the little buggers.

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Re: Firing a gun on Lake Ontario

Second amendment rights only valid in USA.
Canada does not have that courtesy and is very very clear on it. Can get you in a boat load of trouble, if you still have one when they get finished.
the list of banned long guns and pistols are long and wide, you all might wanna take a look at what is allowed and banned just in case you drift over the border.
which is 22.5 NM due north. be careful
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Re: Firing a gun on Lake Ontario

great question....and we as a family enjoy firing off 500 rounds at clay birds in an afternoon......we have a cottage up north and we inquired about shooting clay birds on the lake while it was frozen over in the winter...

we know the law pretty good and we are allowed as along as we are so many meters away from property and do not use lead shot....only use steel shot....and of course we call the OPP (local police) before we start shooting....(that was there request, because they will get a call)

as far as lake ontario...your best bet is to talk to the marine unit....alot of it has to do with municaplity laws.........so the question would be..what municaplity would Lake Ontario be....
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Re: Firing a gun on Lake Ontario

Have hunted with a few Italians that came to visit. We went out for Dove and it turned out that NOTHING was safe from their fire. We ended up with rabbit, dove and a few quail that were mighty tasty.
Why fire a firearm? Because we can, and it is enjoyable to some...and we can.

When I was in the Navy, we would paint largish (15 and 25 gallon) steel drums orange, toss them over and then shoot them until they sank. Our Captain figured if the deck crew could sink a 15 gallon drum, then most any attacker would be assured a really bad day.
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