In Michigan there is a long-standing law that prohibits the discharge of a firearm within 450 feet of an occupied building without the permission of the owner. In one area of Southern Michigan's Macomb County, an ordinance was passed 30 years ago that made it illegal to hunt in a multi-square mile area regardless of the proximity of occupied dwellings. This effectively closed many acres of prime hunting land which had previously been huntable.
The Washington township board recently voted unanimously to rescind this ordinance and has recommended the issue to the Department of Natural Resources for approval. There will be a public hearing on March 30 for public comment. If passed, much of the area will again be open for hunting, with the 450-foot rule still in place to protect property owners.