The start of dove hunting season today means another opportunity to participate in a favorite hobby in North Texas. State laws place additional restrictions on hunters this year.
Hunters must be 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. 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, according to McKinney police.
“Normally, firing a gun in the city limits of McKinney is illegal. However, there are a very few exceptions,” said McKinney Police Department Deputy Chief Scott Brewer. “If you hear a gun shot and are concerned, call the police to report any suspicious activity.”
All hunters should have a Texas Hunting License with a Migratory Bird Stamp. The non-emergency line for the Police Department is 972-547-2700.
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. To view the full city ordinance, visit www.mckinneytexas.org.