By Victor Gonzales, Lee County Game Warden
I didn’t check as many bow hunters over the weekend as I would’ve thought, but those contacted stated it was good to get out of the house and hide in the woods. They’re encouraged by what’s moving to feeders and anxiously await cooler weather.
Archers seem to have the same complaint each season; noise generated by surrounding outdoor activity. This can’t be avoided, but the biggest complaint is subtle gun fire that may indicate poaching. They understand deer rifles are being sighted in or perhaps squirrel, rabbit, hog or dove hunting is occurring. But it’s the one shot, first thing in the morning, after the feeder goes off, that has them concerned. If anyone has ever bow hunted or sat in the woods to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the outdoors, you know how sound travels.
This can be a problem when acreage is too small or neighbors live too close to one another. It’s worse when the general gun season comes around because no one knows from which direction bullets will fly. A good example is the Blue community in northwest Lee County. While it is legal to hunt in this area, most of these properties are small tracts of land. People living within close proximity of each other should exercise caution when using bows or firearms. Because these tracts are small, sometimes wounded deer cross through several yards before expiring. It’s not a pleasant sight, especially if you choose not to hunt. Please be careful.
Deer are moving about, especially close to the roadway. I’ve come close to hitting a few within the last few evenings. When traveling at night, be sure to scan both sides of the road and pay attention to vegetation that may obstruct one’s view. Also remember it’s illegal to possess any part of a deer that has been hit by a vehicle, especially meat or antlers.
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