Hunting Too Close for Comfort? You Decide

2011 dove season: Sept. 1 - Oct. 23 and Dec. 23 - Jan. 8

By Elvira Sakmari
|  Thursday, Sep 1, 2011  |  Updated 11:43 PM CDT
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Dove hunting season officially began September 1, 2011, but some residents in Frisco are concerned hunters are too close for comfort.

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Dove hunting season officially began September 1, 2011, but some residents in Frisco are concerned hunters are too close for comfort.

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Dove hunting season officially began Thursday, but some residents in Frisco are concerned hunters are too close for comfort.

A field across from Centennial High School in the 6900 block of Coit Road is a popular spot for dove hunters.

While the sound of shotguns firing might be unnerving for some, Frisco police said they are working with hunters to make sure everyone stays safe.

"Our patrol division is actively watching the hunters,to ensure they're in the hunting area," said Frisco Police Sgt. Brad Merritt. "It's a matter of education, so some of these hunters may not know that the map has changed a little bit due to recent construction."

Frisco police said residents are encouraged to contact police if they feel the hunting rules aren't being followed.

Those rules are spelled out in Texas Senate Bill 1742 which states which types of weapons can be fired on annexed land after Sept. 1, 1981.


A shotgun, air rifle or pistol, BB gun, or bow and arrow can be discharged on a property that was annexed after 9/01/1981 and is: 10 acres or more, and more than: 1) 1000 ft from any public land, school, day care or hospital. 2) 600 ft from any residential subdivision and multifamily residential complex. 3) 150 ft from a residence or occupied building on another property. 

A center fire or rim fire or pistol can be discharged on a property that was annexed after 9/01/1981 and is: 50 acres or more, and more than: 1) 1000 ft from any public land, school, day care or hospital. 2) 600 ft from any residential subdivision and multifamily residential complex. 3) 300 ft from a residence or occupied building on another property.

Dove season runs from Sept. 1 to Oct. 23 and again from Dec. 23 to Jan. 8 2011.

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