McKINNEY (Aug. 30, 2013) – The start of dove hunting season on Sunday, Sept. 1, means shots could be heard inside city limits. A map on the McKinney Police Department website shows properties that are permissible to hunt. All hunters should have a Texas Hunting License with a Migratory Bird Stamp.
State laws restrict hunting to more than 1,000 feet from the property line of a public tract of land or of a school, hospital or commercial day-care facility. However, a bow and arrow, BB gun, air rifle or pistol, or shotgun may be discharged if it is done on a piece of property at least ten acres in size, at least 150 feet from a residence or occupied building, and in a safe manner where the projectile does not cross the property line.
The ordinance does not prohibit any peace officer from discharging a firearm in the performance of his duty or any citizen from discharging a firearm when lawfully defending person or property. Violating the ordinance is a misdemeanor.
If you hear a gun shot and are concerned, call the police to report any suspicious activity at 972-547-2700. Always call 9-1-1 in an emergency. The 2013 dove hunting season ends Wednesday, Oct. 23. A second season begins Friday, Dec. 20 and ends Sunday, Jan. 5.
McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, McKinney has a current population of nearly 141,000. Incorporated in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers rolling hills, lush trees, a historic downtown square and unique neighborhoods and developments. The city ranks No. 2 on the Money Magazine Best Places to Live list for 2012. Visit the city’s website at mckinneytexas.org.