Friday, August 30, 2013
Dove hunting season opens September 1 in increasingly populous Collin County
Frisco PD spokesman said "to [his] knowledge" no one has been injured from it.
FRISCO It’s not a good time to be a dove.
With the turn of the calendar to September comes the beginning of hunting season in Collin County.
With continuous development in the city, areas in which people can legally hunt are on the decline.
“These last two years have seen the biggest decrease in land,” said Sgt. Brad Merritt, Frisco PD spokesman. “I think that will continue in years to come because the city is growing every day.”
Whenever guns are involved, there is always the concern of safety. Merritt said outside of a few pellets raining down on roofs or people shooting birds that are barely outside of boundaries, the police hasn’t faced too many issues in the past.
“People aren’t out there with GPS units to track the exact border of hunting land, so sometimes people have wandered outside of it,” he said. “To my knowledge, though, no one has been injured from hunting in the past.”
Because the land in Frisco is all private land, hunters must have landowner’s permission to hunt on approved land. Merritt said it doesn’t matter if the land is legal to hunt, hunting is not permitted without the proper permission.
Law enforcement has two primary areas of focus during hunting season.
“The main thing is — it’s a two-pronged education system,” Merritt said. “First, we make sure hunters know they have to play within the rules and specifications that have been set. The No. 1 principle for us is safety.
“Second, with all of the new residents moving in constantly, we need to make sure they realize hunting is legal. Some have been concerned wondering why it’s still legal in Frisco, but we’re able to do it because state law says we can.”
Any time a situation arises where someone is unsure whether a law is being broken, Merritt said people should not hesitate to call the police for clarification.
More information on hunting season can be found at friscotexas.gov/departments/police/Pages/HuntinginFrisco.aspx.
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