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No hunting on city property, Nibley council rules

November 26th, 2013 Posted in Opinion

By Mitch Henline

NIBLEY – The City Council has passed an ordinance that will prohibit hunting on city property. The ordinance, which passed unanimously, will not prohibit hunting within city limits; only land owned by Nibley city will be affected.

Most of the land owned by the city was already restricted to hunting because of a previous ordinance that prohibits the discharging of firearms within 600 feet of a building. In most cases, there were only small strips of land on city property that were legal to hunt on.

Councilman Larry Jacobsen said the new ordinance isn’t about hunting rights, but it is about simplifying the previous ordinance.

“It’s a matter of practicality of enforcing the ordinances that are on the books,” he said. “If the sheriff has to start drawing circles when he or she is summoned to a property where someone says this is an illegal hunting activity, and we have to start getting out tape measures or GPSes to decide whether that’s within ordinance or not, it is just too complicated. So for me it just simplifies the whole thing.”

Violation of the ordinance is a Class C misdemeanor and could be punished with up to a $500 fine.


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