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Old 11-20-2015   #21
Carbondale, Colorado
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Since the question was asked about the Gunnison, thought i would look up the Colorado law. From the CDOW

"Hunting allowed from vessels (except sinkboxes) with
motors or sails if the motor is off, and/or sails are
furled and forward movement has stopped. Hunting
is allowed from drifting vessels and those propelled by
hand. Use of motorized vessels only allowed to pick up
dead or injured birds"

With regard to the OP, if his account is accurate I would agree, legal or not it's unsafe to shoot into a moving river. One really good reason is that at a flat incoming angle water can cause ricochet which makes it impossible to tell where your bullet will end up. Having said that I often hear gross exaggerations from non shooters about how irresponsible target shooters are. Rivers are used by a lot of users and we are on the same side. Stay safe and respect the other users and we can all enjoy our rivers for a long time to come

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Old 11-20-2015   #22
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I could have sworn federal law prohibits shooting across a navigable water way. (lakes, rivers, and the like) just like shooting across roads.

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Old 11-21-2015   #23
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Phillip. I think as with most river law is there is a jumble of overlapping and contradictory laws court cases and land use regs. Just the word navigable could be (and has been) debated for a 100 years. In some legal work I've been involved in the Feds position is that there are NO navigable waters in Colorado because none have been declared navigable by the Corps of Engineers. Colorado law has (several) different definitions of what defines a navigable waterways some of which would define the Gunnison as navigable, but don't outlaw shooting into or over them as far as I know Other Colorado laws would not define the Gunnison as navigable but again don't prohibit shooting again as far as I know . This word navigable also impact things such as trespass laws which could add another 100 years an four lawsuits to the discussion

The bottom line is that if you are acting in a careless or reckless manner with a gun there are lots of ways that you can be charged with a crime without getting into water law. I think there is pretty universal agreement on this post and in the shooting and boating communities that shooting into a river with boaters nearby is careless and shouldn't be tolerated. Responsible hunters and target shooters are another matter. Without being there it's difficult to tell which this was but always better to ere on the side of caution
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Old 11-21-2015   #24
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Just to clarify these people were not hunting. They were target shooting into the river at a rapid rate. I've been around guns and hunting since I was a kid.

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Old 12-13-2015   #25
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Originally Posted by bucketboater View Post
Wtf is going on in co. I have run almost every river in the Nw and never had a problem with land owners as long as I stay along the river banks. The quarter mile law is a federal regulation regarding shooting along rivers and lakes as well. Between your washed up qb and your nutcase landowners C.O sounds like a shitshow.
I won't be making it to the PNW this Christmas say hello to your wife and my kids for me.

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