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Belgium town officials reject rifle ban on eve of deer hunt PDF Print E-mail
Written by CAROL POMEDAY   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 19:12

Decision prompted by DNR rule change comes amid debate over safety

    The Belgium Town Board last week became the second township in Ozaukee County to consider, then reject a ban on rifles in advance of the gun deer season that begins next week.

    Prompted by the Department of Natural Resources’ decision to allow rifle deer hunting throughout the state, including Ozaukee County, where it had long been prohibited, the board vote against a local rifle ban came after it heard from hunters opposed to the restriction as well as residents in favor of what they characterized as a needed public safety measure.

    “There is nobody who doesn’t want to see someone get shot more than the hunters themselves. No one wants to get hurt,” Dan Large, an avid hunter who operates a pheasant hunting preserve in the township, said in arguing against the ban on Nov. 6.

    “It’s not the type of gun, it’s the guys using them. We want everyone to be smart hunters, to be safe. But not everyone who drives a car is a safe driver.”

    But a couple who have two children urged the board to ban rifles. They said they’re afraid to walk on their road during the deer season now and fear it will be more dangerous if rifles are allowed.

 
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