It’s Illegal to Hunt Deer within 300 Yards of a Residence without Permission

S.949 would make it illegal to engage in deer hunting within 300 yards of a residence without permission of the owner and occupant. Current law prohibits deer hunting within 300 yards of a residence if the hunter is using a firearm or less than 10 feet off the ground (not using a tree stand). This is an attempt to further criminalize actions which have no victim. As long as hunters are not trespassing and otherwise abiding by the law they should be allowed to hunt without being turned into criminals. If a hunter damages another party’s property they would obviously be liable to both criminal and civil punishment. There is no need to criminalize conduct which could conceivably lead to property damage (a rather large class of actions), but which by itself harms no one.

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