Jonesville will allow Urban Archery season

Taylor PardueStaff Writer

March 12, 2013

in a 3-2 decision to allow an urban archery season within town limits.

The final measure passed Monday evening, with Commissioners Danny Lewis, Gene Pardue, and Andy Green in favor, and Wayne Moore and Tracy Wall opposed.

Jonesville will participate in the NC Urban Archery Season in 2014, and commissioners will decide later whether the town will allow additional hunting in the regular hunting season. Private landowners must give written permission for persons to hunt on their land. No public land hunting will be allowed.

The main issue for the board of commissioners’ deliberation this month was the proposed Urban Archery Season. Jonesville officials had to give notice to the NC Wildlife Resources Commission prior to Apr. 1 of the town’s intent to participate.

Swaim said the season was similar those in Yadkinville and Elkin. He reminded the boardroom that all state wildlife laws and ordinances would apply.

Commissioners Andy Green and Gene Pardue said they supported it.

Pardue said he was in favor of the season as long as private landowners had to give written permission.

Wayne Moore said he remained opposed to the legislation as he had been for some time, but as the season appeared poised to pass into law he wanted to minimize it as much as possible.

“I really feel that we should restrict it to the mid-January to mid-February time frame, otherwise there will be hunting in town when kids are going to be out playing in September, October, and November.”

Pardue and Green both called for the entire season to be open.

Tracy Wall asked if the commissioners could make changes to the ordinance after voting in favor of having the urban archery season. Town Manager Scott Buffkin responded that if the measure passed the board could settle the specifics at a later date this month via a special meeting.

Judy Wolfe of the Jonesville Historical Society asked the board if Mineral Springs Park would be susceptible to hunting. Buffkin said that although the Historical Society is a non-profit organization the entity was still a private landowner and hunting could occur there. However, the original provision of needing written permission still applied.

As long as the society did not give permission to bowhunters, no one could hunt in the park.

None of the commissioners voiced support for allowing hunting on public lands. Had the provision been allowed, hunters could have used archery equipment in Lila Swaim Memorial Park and along right-of-ways, among other areas.

Mayor Lindbergh Swaim returned to the Jonesville Town Hall Monday following an extended absence.

Swaim had been hospitalized and missed several of the last board meetings, but wasted no time starting March’s monthly meeting.

To contact Taylor Pardue, call 336-835-1513 ext. 15 or email him at tpardue@civitasmedia.com.