Virginia: Rural Hunting and Shooting Lesson
Not sure if you’ve been keeping track of what was going on in Goochland, VA, but it was touch and go there for a while concerning a Goochland County man who wanted to open a clay-target shooting range on his property of 672 acres. There were groups protesting Andrew Dykers’ desire to open a clay-target shooting range despite the fact that he operated a shooting range alongside his quail hunting preserve from 1989 to 1991. The groups complained his operation was too noisy and the county temporarily shut him down. The disagreement continued to boil as pro-Dykers allies argued that the urbanization of Virginia already has made it more difficult for game enthusiasts to find shooting ranges, and that requiring a special permit would make it even harder, reports the Daily Press. As you can image protests will probably continue since the Goochland County Board voted to reinstate a requirement that landowners get a conditional-use permit to run a shooting-type business. A few rod and guns clubs in our area have suffered from sprawl just the bear and deer suffer from it. Of course a deer can bed down in someone's yard. I doubt that we could get away shooting clay pigeons in someones back 40.