Is it legal for pheasant/grouse/whatever shooters to fire over roads?
” It is an offence under the Highways Act 1980 s 161(2) to light any fire on or over a carriageway, or discharge any firearm or firework within 50 feet of the centre of a highway which is a carriageway, with the consequence that a user of the carriageway is injured, interrupted or endangered.”Posted 5 years ago
It’s a bit of a grey area but if it were me I’d have phoned the old bill as it’s just dangerous.
My car got hit,whilst I was driving, a while ago by a pheasant that had been shot (legally) and I pulled over asap ,phoned old bill, they turned up and basically discussed the shoot location etc with the culprits and moved the shoot further into the field. I didn’t want anyone to get in trouble as I’m a shooter myself but thought it was very dangerous. Had I been in a convertible or on a bike the pheasant could have done serious damage or caused a crash. I got an apology letter and a brace of birds off the shoot owner.. 🙂
SHOOTING NEAR RIGHTS OF WAY (E.G. FOOTPATHS & BRIDLEWAYS)Posted 5 years ago
When the footpath runs across private land the ownership of the land and sporting
rights are unaltered. Therefore a person with the shooting/sporting rights may
shoot on or over footpaths on their land equally to public having the right to walk
(to pass and re-pass) along it as a means of communication. So the public and the
shooters have a concurrent right to the footpath and it is up to both parties to not
obstruct the other.wysiwygMember
Basically if youre traveling along the road/path/way you have a right of way and they must halt proceedings until you have passed, unless youre willing to let them finish, they cannot force you to stop. But they may shoot over it, after all it likely belongs to the land owner.Posted 5 years agowwaswasSubscriber
this was in my local paper today;
The terrifying incident happened on Wednesday, December 12 while a man was chatting in his car with two friends in a rural road near Hailsham.
Suddenly there was a loud bang and the driver’s window shattered. Terrified, the three friends piled out of the car and ducked for cover.
After a few minutes, they plucked up the courage to get back in the vehicle where they found an impact mark to the corner of the windscreen.
The driver then realised he had a burn injury to his neck where the bullet had skimmed past.
In the passenger footwell was a spent 0.243 bullet, the type used to hunt game.
Edit: stw seems to join ‘r’ and ‘n’ together in unfortunate ways. It was a BURN injury to his neck.Posted 5 years ago
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