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Noise from turkey shoot has neighbors in 'fowl' mood

Posted November 12, 2012

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— Neighbors in a Raleigh community are voicing their complaints against a local lodge and the noise coming from weekend turkey shoots.

Justin McConkey, a three-year resident of the Highland Creek subdivision, says the Raleigh Moose Lodge, which sits in the county about 50 yards from houses in his neighborhood, holds the events at two times each week, from 7 p.m. until nearly 11 p.m.

The noise is from shotguns, and he says it keeps children in the neighborhood awake, causes pets to become anxious and disrupts residents at night.

"You'll hear, probably, three or four (shots) in a row every four or five minutes, and it repeats for about three or four hours," McConkey said.

Tim Harward of the Raleigh Moose Lodge doesn't deny the noise, which is part of a fundraiser partially for the lodge's children's charity.

"It makes money for our purpose, and our purpose is to support the children," Harward said.

Turkey shoot Noise from turkey shoot has neighbors in 'fowl' mood

McConkey says he has contacted the Wake County Sheriff's Office, the Wake County Board of Commissioners and the regional office of Moose International.

But there's nothing that can be done. There is no county ordinance prohibiting turkey shoots near residential areas.

Under the county noise ordinance, the Moose Lodge is within its legal rights to host the turkey shoots until 11 p.m., despite the rules of their city neighbors.

Timothy Maloney, director of Wake County Planning, Development and Inspections, wrote last week in an email to McConkey that, although not much can be done right now, he plans to bring the issue up with the county planning board.

What the county can do, Maloney wrote, is enforce the noise ordinance.

"I'm a gun owner, myself, and (my opposition) has nothing to do with gun and gun control," McConkey said. "It's just a matter of safety and a matter of common decency and respect for your neighbors."

McConkey thinks that the Moose Lodge should use air rifles or B.B. guns to minimize noise, but the Moose Lodge says those pellets would never reach the target in a turkey shoot.

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  • westernwake1 Nov 15, 3:38 p.m.

    I have several family members who are Moose members. I have been to this Raleigh lodge for the turkey shoot in the early 90s. This turkey shoot has been going on for long before the neighborhood was built. I should also mention that the turkey shoot raises money for a really good cause, the Mooseheart community and school for children.

  • Lightfoot3 Nov 14, 1:08 p.m.

    Doesn't matter who was there first. What matters is the law. The lodge seems to be within its legal rights to have a turkey shoot. In fact, turkey shoots are listed by name when it comes to ordiances regarding shooting distances from dwellings.


    BB guns? Bows? Really? Turkey shoots are basically games of chance, not skill. You point your barrel at the target and hope one of your pellets is closer to the bullseye than the next guy. Of course I've seen guys show up with goose guns to better the odds a bit. If you changed turkey shoots to games of skill, the winnings would be dominated by the sharp shooters and not much fun for others, nor as profitable for the people running it.

  • klink Nov 14, 1:07 p.m.

    We live near this area (not in HC) but close by and I can't imagine the noise is that bad. I hear an occasional shot but so what; I hear an occasional dog bark too. Quit whining!! Especially if this is only for a couple of weeks out of the year. geez

  • tharward Nov 14, 1:03 p.m.

    i want to thank everyone for the support shown to the raleigh moose lodge. dont forget to come to open house on nov.17th 2 til 5 and bring the kids.learn what moose is all about. and turkey shoot friday and sat. night 7 til 10 hope to see u there

  • RaisinCake Nov 14, 10:10 a.m.

    Mr. Raleighguyid, not everyone is capable of using a bow. And why should WE change the way it's been done for YEARS?!! If you don't like it, then don't participate but quit whining. Besides all these years the lodge has done this turkey shoot, all the proceeds go to a much worthy cause. Why don't you give it a try before you sit there and knock it?

  • Nov 14, 10:02 a.m.

    @raleighguyjd It easy to say live with it, because I do live in that neighborhood and I do as well as several hundred other families. If this story was reported properly, then you would know that some details were left out. Quick internet search will show, this person purchased their home while the turkey shoots were going on (research the area you're moving to), still moved in. Their property is 177 yards away and is nowhere in the line of fire (far from it). There are other houses closer, and they aren't complaining. Now people do assume this guy is a "Yankee" but if I didn't pick up on a northern accent, I heard a little southern in there. BB / Pellet guns and Bows are not part of the Turkey Shoot tradition, shotguns are. And yes, they have to Live with It, because the lodge is completely within their rights. They are in the county and not the city. Just a few years ago, that neighborhood was in the county.

  • raleighguyjd Nov 13, 5:42 p.m.

    The ignorance on this comment board is overwhelming. "Who was there first?" You sound like a bunch of second grade children. Not to mention everyone is making assumptions this guy is a "Yankee" when there's no indication of that--not that it would make any difference since there are TONS of hunters living north of the Mason Dixon line. "Pellets would never reach the target?" How far away are the targets? A shotgun is hardly a long-range weapon, and a good pellet rifle is easily capable of shots over 50 yards. As an alternative, why not show some consideration and use bows? It's easy for all the internet tough guys on here to say "live with it" when they don't have to . . .

  • geek Nov 13, 5:20 p.m.

    The Moose Lodge does great things for our community and charities, please stop by this Saturday, November 17 at our open house from 2 to 5. This is a free event and later that night we will have "The Whiskey River Band" performing. So stop by and find out a little more about The Raleigh Moose Lodge.

  • V-Vet 72-75 Nov 13, 4:49 p.m.

    Pretty soon all the whiners will get thier way. Leave the Mooses alone.

  • capitalland Nov 13, 4:44 p.m.

    Coming soon....Susan G. Komen TURKEY SHOOT FOR THE CURE. Sounds just as ridiculous as the Moose lodge turkey shoot doesn't it?

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