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Town says no to crossbows

Pulaski Town Council voted Tuesday night to prohibit the use of crossbows by hunters taking part in Urban Archery Season in the town.
Some councilmen did not mind the use of crossbows, saying they are a more accurate, and less powerful, means of archery hunting. However, others said they didn’t feel comfortable authorizing the use of crossbows within town limits.
There was some discussion of allowing the use of crossbows by handicap hunters. But since Urban Archery Season requires hunting to take place from an elevated stand of at least 12 feet in height, council felt there would not be a need for the handicap exemption.
The 2009-10 Urban Archery Season runs from Sept. 5 to Oct. 2, 2009 and from Jan. 4 to March 27, 2010.
The purpose of the season is to help reduce the deer population in urban areas. In addition to a standard set of guidelines and restrictions developed by DGIF, each locality is allowed to develop additional restrictions.
Pulaski Town Council decided to adopt the following additional regulations:
• No hunting on town property.
• Hunters must carry written permission from individual property owners to hunt.
• Agreement must be made between the participant and the landowner in reference to field dress.
• No person may discharge a bow within 100 yards of any dwelling, building, street, sidewalk, alley, roadway, public land or public place within town limits. Bows may be discharged within 100 yards of any dwelling or building only with the written permission of the landowner to be carried by the hunter as in section 2, above.
• No person shall discharge a bow from, over or across any street, sidewalk, alley, roadway, or public land or public place within town limits or toward any building or dwelling in such a manner that an arrow may strike it. The use of crossbows within the town limits to take deer during Urban Archery Season is prohibited.
• Except for target shooting, archery equipment can only be discharged from an elevated stand with a minimum height of twelve feet.
• Hunters must dispose of deer carcasses appropriately. Carcasses should be double bagged and will be taken by the local landfills.
• No person shall hunt deer within the town by use of dog or dogs.
• In addition to the Urban Archery Season, archery deer hunting is also allowed during the early archery season, the general firearms deer season (as set by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries) and during the late archery season (i.e.. from the first Saturday in October through the first Sunday in January).
Standard restrictions set forth by DGIF are available at the department’s website: www.dgif.virginia.gov.
DGIF established the special season in 2002 to address the problem of damage to vehicles and personal property due to increasing populations of deer within urban areas. It is open to all incorporated cities and towns in the Commonwealth, but they must apply to participate.
Only antler-less deer may be taken during the season.

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Town says no to crossbows

Pulaski Town Council voted Tuesday night to prohibit the use of crossbows by hunters taking part in Urban Archery Season in the town.
Some councilmen did not mind the use of crossbows, saying they are a more accurate, and less powerful, means of archery hunting. However, others said they didn’t feel comfortable authorizing the use of crossbows within town limits.
There was some discussion of allowing the use of crossbows by handicap hunters. But since Urban Archery Season requires hunting to take place from an elevated stand of at least 12 feet in height, council felt there would not be a need for the handicap exemption.
The 2009-10 Urban Archery Season runs from Sept. 5 to Oct. 2, 2009 and from Jan. 4 to March 27, 2010.
The purpose of the season is to help reduce the deer population in urban areas. In addition to a standard set of guidelines and restrictions developed by DGIF, each locality is allowed to develop additional restrictions.
Pulaski Town Council decided to adopt the following additional regulations:
• No hunting on town property.
• Hunters must carry written permission from individual property owners to hunt.
• Agreement must be made between the participant and the landowner in reference to field dress.
• No person may discharge a bow within 100 yards of any dwelling, building, street, sidewalk, alley, roadway, public land or public place within town limits. Bows may be discharged within 100 yards of any dwelling or building only with the written permission of the landowner to be carried by the hunter as in section 2, above.
• No person shall discharge a bow from, over or across any street, sidewalk, alley, roadway, or public land or public place within town limits or toward any building or dwelling in such a manner that an arrow may strike it. The use of crossbows within the town limits to take deer during Urban Archery Season is prohibited.
• Except for target shooting, archery equipment can only be discharged from an elevated stand with a minimum height of twelve feet.
• Hunters must dispose of deer carcasses appropriately. Carcasses should be double bagged and will be taken by the local landfills.
• No person shall hunt deer within the town by use of dog or dogs.
• In addition to the Urban Archery Season, archery deer hunting is also allowed during the early archery season, the general firearms deer season (as set by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries) and during the late archery season (i.e.. from the first Saturday in October through the first Sunday in January).
Standard restrictions set forth by DGIF are available at the department’s website: www.dgif.virginia.gov.
DGIF established the special season in 2002 to address the problem of damage to vehicles and personal property due to increasing populations of deer within urban areas. It is open to all incorporated cities and towns in the Commonwealth, but they must apply to participate.
Only antler-less deer may be taken during the season.

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