Originally Posted by DJ_Squizzy
I moved to north Alabama a few months ago from Florida and am looking forward to the start of hunting season in a few months.
My wife and I are buying three acres with about 1/2 acre in the back that's secluded and can be hunted on. While the land is in a rural area, it is still within a few hundred yards of houses, and it actually borders a golf course with a 150 ft stand of pines between the two.
I'm looking for a gun that would be suitable to hunt in an area like this. I'd like to keep the price under $400 if possible, and am looking for something that would be TOO loud or shoot TOO far. I'm a pretty good shot, but I don't want to accidentally injure someone or make too much noise, even though there are no laws/ordinances against me hunting there.
That's pretty small for deer. I'd check with the neighbors before hunting it, and also the Sheriff. Formal laws are not always up to date or appropriate for a community that has grown much. People in this part of the country are more inclined to be polite, than pay much attention to formal hunting laws (or absence thereof). They'll appreciate your asking them about it. I'm in similar rural area in MS, but with 30 acres of dense forest, surrounded by several hundred acres of other peoples farms and woods. I still am very careful about taking shots and I know exactly what direction my neighbors houses are from me. What you need to be careful of is other folks that may be used to tramping around on the property - especially kids. If it's ok with the neighbors/sheriff, then you might think about black powder or a shotgun for deer. That will limit your range somewhat, which is what you want. For small game and varmints a .22 is usually good enuf, or a .410 or 20 gage shotgun.
If noise is an issue, then you could use a bow or crossbow for deer.