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    Question Can you shoot snakes on your property?

    This past Monday I closed on a lakeside home in Deltona. With 138' of lake front I'll be carrying when I go down to the lake or mow. I don't like snakes. I'm thinking about shotshell for my 22 magnum. I'm pretty sure there has to be some sort of law pertaining to discharging a weapon there. I called Volusia County Sheriff's office and they didn't know, what's up with that??? Anybody know if you can legally shoot a snake on your prpoerty?
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    I think that depends on the laws in your specific community. While carry regulations are State and Federal areas, actual discharging regulations in absence of defensive need (eg, "culling the snake population" may be illegal within the confines of your local jurisdiction.
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    I do it all the time...a single BANG! from a .22 shotshell is not likely to bring the gendarmes around.
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    The only thing i can think of is discharging a firearm in city limits - thats a no can do where i live. Surprised the S.O. couldn't tell you.
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    Just use a pellet gun.

    But, unless they're poisonous, why would you want to shoot them?

    It's actually good to have them around. Especially if you or any of your neighbors have fruit trees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WheelGunner View Post

    But, unless they're poisonous, why would you want to shoot them?

    It's actually good to have them around. Especially if you or any of your neighbors have fruit trees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WheelGunner View Post
    Just use a pellet gun.

    But, unless they're poisonous, why would you want to shoot them?

    It's actually good to have them around. Especially if you or any of your neighbors have fruit trees.
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    while I hate it when I stumble on a snake, as long as it isn't a poisonous one I let them live, they take care of a lot of the little critters I don't want around

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    I find it interesting that the sheriff's dept. didn't know! (Let a neighbor call, and I bet you would find out )
    My neighbor asked me a couple of days ago to come shoot an armadillo that has been digging up her yard. I told her to call animal control.

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    Now if it's a two legged snake up to no good, i ain't asking for permission.
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    I agree with the thought that if you really want to shoot them, you should just use a bb gun or .22 either would do the job and not be loud enough to raise suspicion.

    edit: can even go to wally world and get one of the little bb gun pistols hahah

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