Residents propose deer hunting within city limits

Residents propose deer hunting within city limits



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Posted on March 18, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 18 at 6:20 PM

GASTONIA, N.C. -- Arrows may soon be flying in the city limits of Gastonia. A proposal to allow deer hunting is being heard Tuesday night.

The "bow hunting" plan is supposed to help curb a growing deer population, but some neighbors are worried about safety

Ask just about anyone in Gastonia and you'll hear the same thing.

“In the mornings you can see them-- sometimes at night.”

Everyone has a story about a deer.

Richard Pearson hit one just three weeks ago.

“Fortunately, the thing crossed the road in front of me and just clipped the hoof; no damage to the car nor the deer,” he said.

Lucky, he says, because this kind of thing happens all the time.

That's why one resident created a petition and asked the city council to consider allowing bow hunting deer within the city limits.

Just last month a gated Belmont community got permission to hunt deer.

Gastonia city staffers have come up with guidelines for their neighborhoods: you wouldn't be able to hunt too close to where people are or too close to the road.

But not everyone is convinced that's enough.

Pearson says he worries about where the arrows will fly.

“Well yeah, if it’s in my neighborhood, but once again it’s safer than if they decided to allow guns.”

Another Gastonia resident, Kathy Cheshire agrees.

“I guess safety would be the biggest thing-- children and people out in their yards, that kind of thing.”