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Old 03-25-2020, 09:59 PM
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Default Backyard Archery Inside Calgary City Limits

During this quarantine, I am looking to see if it is legal and does not break any Calgary Bylaws to use my backyard for archery practice.

Located within city limits, looking to seek see if anyone has some experience they would like to shar either positive or negative. All is appreciated.

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Old 03-25-2020, 10:11 PM
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Just do it safely, and shut up about it.
If you ask, you'll be told no.
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Old 03-26-2020, 10:41 AM
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Agreed. There will always be someone waiting to tell you you're not allowed. Right now the world has bigger/more important problems. Just be safe and quiet about it.
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Old 03-26-2020, 10:49 AM
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Old 03-26-2020, 11:10 AM
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Technically it's a "firearm", so yes it is illegal. At least that is what I was told by a CO once...Hopefully they'd let you go with a warning the first time! I've been thinking the exact same thing...yard is perfect for it.
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Old 03-26-2020, 11:30 AM
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Technically it's a "firearm", so yes it is illegal. At least that is what I was told by a CO once...Hopefully they'd let you go with a warning the first time! I've been thinking the exact same thing...yard is perfect for it.
No, it is not technically a firearm. A bow normally falls into the category of "Weapon" in most municipal bylaws in Alberta. Also in that category will be firearms, air guns, and sometimes even sling shots. Most municipal bylaws will be written to prohibit the use of a weapon within city limits
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Old 03-26-2020, 11:42 AM
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Technically it's a "firearm", so yes it is illegal. At least that is what I was told by a CO once...Hopefully they'd let you go with a warning the first time! I've been thinking the exact same thing...yard is perfect for it.
I think the term he was thinking of was "weapon".

OP, check your municipalities' regs. Each one is different. In my town, by definition, even a spring-loaded marshmallow launcher is illegal to use.

Either way, we need to take into account the consequences if something goes sideways - Don't want to send an arrow into the neighbours' house etc.
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Old 03-26-2020, 02:23 PM
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The police will be at your door if somebody sees you. Better to practice your draw cycle and release in the garage or basement
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Old 03-26-2020, 04:43 PM
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I used to shoot my bow in my backyard in Athabasca a few years back. RCMP officer's house directly behind me, we shared the back fence. One of my neighbours that could see me got all offended and called the cops. RCMP showed up at my door and when I showed them what I was doing they wanted a bow also, then told me to try and not shoot from my back steps where the neighbours could see me. lol

Just do it and be quiet about it, make sure you take extra precautions to ensure stray arrows are contained. It is probably illegal as it is a "weapon" but depends on your municipality and if your neighbours are Liberal! lol
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Old 03-26-2020, 05:21 PM
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I shoot either completely inside my garage, or about 2 yards outside the door and shooting into the garage. Best best is fully inside to avoid complaints. Obviously the distance is short, but reps are reps
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Old 03-27-2020, 06:57 AM
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Shoot in your basement if you don't want any extra hassle. When I shoot in the basement, I can get 10 yards to my target. I concentrate on shooting 3 different marks on my 18-1 Rinehart, that way I'm not grouping so tight and ruining arrows or fletching.

I may/may not have shot in my backyard, but I'm on the edge of a subdivision with nothing beyond my back fence except for open field (and a busy road). But I still don't want Murphy to play into it if I might be shooting in the backyard and have an arrow leave my property. The good news is that both my neighbors know what my hunting passions are and I don't think they would say anything, but why push it if I don't have to?

If I want to shoot beyond the 10 yards in the basement, it's a 10 minute drive to get out on an undeveloped GRA to shoot at my own target. The only bad part about that is I have to take my truck, as I'm usually cleaning up someone else's garbage that they were too lazy to bring to the dump (but that's a totally different rant...)

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Old 03-27-2020, 12:22 PM
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The good thing is...nothing will ever go wrong once you release that arrow so no need to worry about the neighbours.
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Old 03-27-2020, 05:12 PM
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Technically it's a "firearm", so yes it is illegal. At least that is what I was told by a CO once...Hopefully they'd let you go with a warning the first time! I've been thinking the exact same thing...yard is perfect for it.
Bylaws say you aren't allowed outdoors. It's required that you contain it (like in a garage).

I remember shooting across the alley into Tango Kilo's backyard in the day. Back then no one cared.....
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Not sure but I thing the bylaw even includes slingshots.
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Old 04-02-2020, 08:49 PM
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Most certainly in the spectrum of grey area to illegal. Either way bonehead move, accidents never happen to me.. right..

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Old 04-03-2020, 07:11 AM
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During this quarantine, I am looking to see if it is legal and does not break any Calgary Bylaws to use my backyard for archery practice.

Located within city limits, looking to seek see if anyone has some experience they would like to shar either positive or negative. All is appreciated.

Thank you
I've been doing this for the last four years without anyone saying anything. I can shot 60 yards as I am on 1/3 acre in the city so that might help too. I just make sure nobody is out walking around the back where the targets sit..
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Old 04-03-2020, 08:17 AM
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Make sure you have an absolutely 100% safe backstop. There can be zero chance of a stray arrow going somewhere it shouldn’t and it’s fine. Get to know your neighbours and let them know that it’s 100% safe.


All it takes is for one mishap and the city council will come up with one of their silly laws that explicitly prohibits backyard shooting. That law doesn’t exist yet.
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Old 04-03-2020, 01:55 PM
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I shoot in my barn, and I know another guy who shoots in his basement. Distances are short and arrows get buried in the target, but I don’t lose any arrows in the snow. I would base my decision to shoot in the city based more on my neighbour’s likely reaction.

I did launch an arrow into the air when my release failed. I’m glad that wasn’t in town.
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Old 04-03-2020, 04:00 PM
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I shoot in my barn, and I know another guy who shoots in his basement. Distances are short and arrows get buried in the target, but I don’t lose any arrows in the snow. I would base my decision to shoot in the city based more on my neighbour’s likely reaction.

I did launch an arrow into the air when my release failed. I’m glad that wasn’t in town.
Exactly. Especially with a release we have to make sure we dkntmdraw the bow pointing above the target.
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Old 04-03-2020, 04:04 PM
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This boils right down to the golden rule of shooting anything... be sure of your target AND WHATS BEYOND IT. If there’s any chance that a pulled shot could put an arrow towards a neighbours dwelling, roadway or pedestrian- then common sense and ethical shooting practice should answer this dilemma for you.

That said, I agree with what’s been said above. If it’s safe to do so, shoot and shut up about it. Talk to your neighbours and feel out if they would be uncomfortable with it. They are more likely to be uncomfortable if they just see you out the window with a “weapon” than if you were to tell them what your plans are.

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