THE BIG COUNTRY, Texas (KRBC) – Dove season starts this weekend but with expansion of new development, hunting areas are shrinking, creating an overlap between homes and areas that were once farm and ranch land.
“We have a lot of new development and people moving to the county and they are like hey they are shooting out here, well it’s opening day of dove season there is going to be shooting,” said James Cummings, Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden.
For people new to area, gun shots in their backyards may come as a shock.
“Not use to it, I am from another state and I moved here about a year ago,” said Candy Morrow, Potosi resident. “I called somebody where I use to live, I just moved here in Postosi but I was in the Clyde area so that area yeah there was a lot of gun shots going on behind me in a pasture.”
Shooting outside Abilene city limits is legal, as long as you have permission to be there. Law enforcement say, if you do violate the rules, it is a Class C misdemeanor and cost you up to $500 plus court fees.
“If they swing to a bird and try to take that bird and the shot travels beyond the property line that’s a violation,” said Cummings.
If you feel like someone is shooting too close to your home and feel unsafe call Taylor County sheriff’s non emergency line at 325-674-1300.