Weatherford Democrat

December 5, 2012

Hunting in city set for January meeting

Brian Smith
Weatherford Democrat

WEATHERFORD —  

Hunting within the city limits of Hudson Oaks was discussed during a recent city council meeting.

The city allows hunting with a air rifle or pistol, BB gun or bow and arrow within the city limits on acreage of 10 acres of more, more than 150 feet from a residence or occupied building on another property and in a manner “not reasonably expected to cause a projectile to cross the boundary of the tract.” Chapter 8 of the city code of ordinances prohibits the discharge of firearms within the city limits.

State statute says the city has to allow the discharge of weapons for firearms under these circumstances and can’t regulate it.

Council members recently discussed a resolution asking for residents to voluntarily not feed wild animals in the city or its extraterritorial jurisdiction, or ETJ. Resident Clayton Holmes expressed his concern about hunting on the land directly behind him, saying he has heard shotguns go off on his neighbor’s property.

“We love the area, but I am very concerned for my family’s safety right now because of those shotguns,” Holmes, who has lived in the city for five years, said. 

Holmes said he wanted to keep the peace with his neighbor, Rob Paulukaitis, and still protect his family. Holmes said he has repeatedly seen people go onto Paulukaitis’ property and heard shotguns go off. Holmes said he saw one person cross his property to go hunting recently and apparently scared him off.

Paulukaitis contends that only hunters using bows are allowed to use his property and anyone with guns is not allowed.

Holmes said he has spoke with Hudson Oaks police and state game wardens about the problem. Both Holmes and Paulukaitis said they want to work out their differences in a peaceful manner.

Mayor Pat Deen said the item will be brought up for discussion as part of the January agenda. The council will not meet in December.