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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-08-2011, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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just a quick question...

from what i have gathered in my research i have found that gunting inside city limits of a town is legal with a firearm as long as your 150yrds away from a building. it is pgc law for 150 yrds (witch is a state law) that would override the city law. just curious on if you think that sounds right. i was told by one police officer i was correct, and another argued with me but i didnt want to get into a heap so i just said ok.

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hunting not gunting sry hah

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post #3 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-08-2011, 01:59 AM
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you are correct...state law allows it...local towns cannot decide what weapons are legal to hunt with...


if you goto the law section of the forum look at the top posts.."northhampton v. duff" its a case that happened in PA on the subject...many print it and keep it in the truck incase a cop gives them a hard time for hunting with a rifle..
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Re: just a quick question...

follow PGC guidelines unless the local town has an ordinance. Here is a good example, Cranberry Township, PA, Butler County. Rifles are legal but Cranberry has their own ordinance to follow

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Is hunting permitted in Cranberry Township?
Yes. Shotguns can be used in the Township unless the owner has posted his or her property. You may hunt with a rifle if you have written permission on your person from the property owner. You must have a valid hunting permit and follow the rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania Game Commission."
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follow PGC guidelines unless the local town has an ordinance. Here is a good example, Cranberry Township, PA, Butler County. Rifles are legal but Cranberry has their own ordinance to follow

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Is hunting permitted in Cranberry Township?
Yes. Shotguns can be used in the Township unless the owner has posted his or her property. You may hunt with a rifle if you have written permission on your person from the property owner. You must have a valid hunting permit and follow the rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania Game Commission."
Cranberry Twp
I'm not sure that is entirely correct. Cranberry Twp, by ordinance, can regulate what weapon is used on Township property but I don't believe they can regulate what weapon is used elsewhere. That would fall under the State law or PGC Regs, like areas where only slug guns are allowed.
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That ordinance isn't worth the paper it is printed on, the twp may not specify legal sporting arms on any land they do not own.



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You may hunt with a rifle if you have written permission on your person from the property owner.
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You may hunt with a rifle if you have written permission on your person from the property owner.
You don't need that written permission. The State does not require it.
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Someone should contact the Cranberry township solicitor.....they (Any township) cannot mandate what weapons are used for hunting within the township period! That falls under State law and the PGC.

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I was once cited for hunting (archery) in a township that prohibited hunting. I was going to be fined $300 by the local thief ( magistrate). I then learned of the ruling in Commonwealth court which i believe was referenced in a prior post. I appealed to Common Pleas court and won the case. In a nutshell only one entity regulates hunting in PA. and that is the PGC and as long as you are abiding by the established rules and regs no one can "legally" cite or arrest you. While i am on this subject to a degree some of the local county parks have a program that you may hunt in them, archery, as long as you qualify by the Quality Whitetail association ( I may have butchered their name). They then assign you a place to hunt. I have a problem with them acting as a subordinate to the game commission. Thus I dont hunt in the park. Their buddies get the good spots.
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