Ok, my property is long and skinny,and touches the National Forest. I have 9 "Ga. lower income/ no income, neighbors on one side. I have fenced and cleared some of land and other sections are semi-wooded/brush on slopes. I early on realised they thought my property was a place to throw their trash,gray water etc. I have tried to nicely, but assertively asked people to stop. I try not to escalate or cause harm (don't call the cops for scrabbles like they seem too) . I am not a hang over the fence person, but occasionally talk to one or two that are nearest. Thank goodness the Meth dealers got caught next door when we first moved i, (renters).. ( odd thing is the neighbors on the other side of my property all have/professional job , I get to be buffer.) So I was out opening a pasture and shots rang out over my property iwas pretty sure near dusk. I know that a new neighbor moved someone/family? or renters on the last home he'd been trying to sell. I'd talked to him one day in a friendly fashion, and mentioned that we had horses and property and didn't want anyone shooting on our property, (which is posted on the fence) .
Anyway I started talking outloud like I was on my cell phone and yelled at my horses to get away. I was pretty sure it was them. I have heard shooting several times at dusk,. So I decided to go try to talk to them, giving them the benefit of the doubt. ( I realise these people may have issues and may not think rationally, but I wanted to talk first, not call the law. I went up and parked leaving truck running on the road and walked up, asking small child where mommy or daddy were. A young man or two came out , and I told them I knew that they shot, and were they shooting or was it someone else? I explained quietly that my propety ran along the whole road, and that I was out opening a pasture when shots were shot. I said I often worked out on my property late , and I had horses and there were neighbors houses and I didn't want anyone shooting onto my property, Well, it almost went ok, but there was a bit of confusion as to where my property was, and it soon came to ," I can shoot guns on my property any where I want. " He admitted to shooting on the easement" which I told him was my property. I had to do some diffusing work, then a woman comes out agitated (maybe drinking?) , saying" I heard about you!"( geez. ) She accused me of yelling at the kids at he bus stop. (long story short. Teens and a child were chucking concrete chunks at stop sign and phone terminal next to my house, I asked them to stop, told them those things cost like 125$ of taxpayer money." The girl told me to shut up old lady", said they could do what they wanted, they were bored, and began "F- ing " me. I actually chuckled as they flung 'fingers" at me, but I calmly suggested they do something constructive with their time. Like , get a job, start a business, read a book (got in trouble here, I did say "if you can" , I guess I was a bit irritated about the" F-ng". But was dumb of me ) The girl was the 'ring leader " and was just spoiling for a fight, real attitude, tried to escalate it. When she began to say things like "you better watch out, you don'[t know what my brother can do to you" , I pulled out my phone and called the law, they disappeared , by the time he came , I talked with him and he drove up the road looking for them, (they hid). ... Anyway this lady said her son wasn't doing anything wrong ... and acted like she was trying to "'dress me down". to get off her property, go read a book"??? Anyway I calmly said," They 're lying, I did not yell at them , I only asked them to stop vandlizing the signs. She started raising her voice saying, 'she could shoot anywhere she wanted to on her property". I said "you can't shoot within 500 feet of someones house" At this point I was trying to talk to 2-3 people with 2 subjects going on,It was no longer going reasonably.. She was clearly emotional and told me "I had to listen to her as I was on her property". I quietly said, "No, I don't, I'm leaving, I only came up her to ask you not to shoot over my property as they were houses, people and animals down there.. I walked to my truck and actually backed all the way down the road as, I'd have had to pull into their drive to turn around.
Got home, husband asked why there was another shot? i said, I didn't hear anything over the diesal , maybe it was at me or because "they could". He said I should have called the sheriff, waited for them and then gone up there, told him I wanted to try and just ask as a neighbor and give them a chance to cooperate.(he did know I was going up there). Decided not to call sheriff last night.
So now, I think I may need to go talk and file a report or complaint so there is a paper trail if it continues. Or if I get shot. There are several things that they were doing, that qualify as Reckless Conduct or Criminal negligence. For the record I have guns and a permit, but I don't shoot on my property as it is risky.Btw we found bullet hole in our hayring 2 years ago and think one of our horses who died was shot by arrow or gun, puncture wound ^" deep under his winter blanket. So I am not happy about anyone shooting on /over my property. I had another neighbor baiting deer or squirrels 3 years ago and another had a blind facing our woods. I talked to both families saying if they knew who was putting feed out to stop as no hunting or shooting was allowed on our property.(about the time I put the field fence up, replacing the old barb wire).