The start of dove hunting season on Sunday, Sept. 1, means shots could be heard inside city limits. A map on the McKinney Police Department website shows properties that are permissible to hunt. All hunters should have a Texas Hunting License with a Migratory Bird Stamp.
State laws restrict hunting to more than 1,000 feet from the property line of a public tract of land or of a school, hospital or commercial day-care facility. However, a bow and arrow, BB gun, air rifle or pistol, or shotgun may be discharged if it is done on a piece of property at least ten acres in size, at least 150 feet from a residence or occupied building, and in a safe manner where the projectile does not cross the property line.
The ordinance does not prohibit any peace officer from discharging a firearm in the performance of his duty or any citizen from discharging a firearm when lawfully defending person or property. Violating the ordinance is a misdemeanor.
If you hear a gun shot and are concerned, call the police to report any suspicious activity at 972-547-2700. Always call 9-1-1 in an emergency. The 2013 dove hunting season ends Oct. 23. A second season begins Dec. 20 and ends Jan. 5.