The Jonesville Town Council voted Monday to postpone a vote allowing an urban archery season until their next meeting in March.
Town Manager Scott Buffkin said the town could wait one more month to make the decision, but if the Council did decide to vote in favor of the season it would have to be no later than next month in order to meet the April 1 deadline established by the state.
Under the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s regulations, a town or city interested in participating in the 2014 urban archery season is required to submit a written request to the Commission by April 1, 2013. If the Council approved the season and amended the town weapons ordinance to allow archery equipment to be fired inside city limits, the town could allow hunting not only during the mid-January to mid-February season, but throughout the entire archery season starting in early September. That season is scheduled to begin Sept. 7, 2013.
Citing concern for safety, Commissioner Wayne Moore expressed hesitation for allowing archery within city limits and said he would prefer leaving the season only in January and February.
Commissioner Danny Lewis highlighted the need for deer population reduction by recalling several instances of town police cars that have been in accidents with deer. He mentioned that even his wife’s vehicle once hit a deer.
Wildlife Resources Commission District 7 Biologist Chris Kreh sought to put Council members’ minds at easy by detailing the safety of bow hunting in North Carolina.
“Archery hunting is inherently a very safe activity,” he said. “North Carolina has had bow hunting for deer for…many years. There have been literally hundreds of thousands of hours of bow hunting that have taken place in the state. Thousands and thousands of deer have been harvested by many different archers in every county in the state, and there has never been and a non-hunter injured in a bow hunting accident.”
“There are no guarantees; you can’t say something wouldn’t happen. But the track record of bow hunting is extremely safe.”
The issue will be examined again in March at the next monthly Town Council Meeting.
Judy Wolfe, former Jonesville Commissioner and organizer of the upcoming Jonesville Jubilee, spoke at the meeting Monday night as well. She briefed the Council on the approaching celebration and requested that the Council consider purchasing directional signs for the event that would be posted around town to direct residents and visitors toward the highlighted areas. Prominent features in the festival will be the new greenway, the Jonesville Town Hall, and several historical sites nearby.
She also extended a formal invitation to the Council to attend. Dignitaries from the area, the state, and all across the nation have been invited. Rep. Virginia Foxx plans to attend, and an invitation has been offered to President Obama, but with no word yet on his intentions.
The Council did vote to approve the Yadkin County Solid Waste Management plan as Jonesville’s chosen management plan. Every ten years a town or county has to submit a Solid Waste Management plan as part of the regulations from the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources. In keeping with the trend of other Yadkin County towns, Jonesville has voted to use the Yadkin County-approved plan rather than draft their own.
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