Here is the portion of the Ordinance that was amended:
(G) This section shall not apply to Deer hunting by bow and arrow as defined by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Deer hunting by bow and arrow as defined by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is permitted on private property during the Central North Carolina deer season as established by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, including any urban archery season approved by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. A person may engage in deer archery on his or her own property if he or she has on his or her person a valid North Carolina hunting license (or qualifies for an exemption from licensing by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission), or on the property of another in their absence if he or she has on his or her person both a valid North Carolina hunting license (or qualifies for an exemption from licensing by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission) and written permission from the property owner or the property owner’s authorized agent or manager. Parcels or tracts of land that are either owned by a person engaged in deer archery or for which that person has been given written permission to hunt shall be referred to as “areas of consent.” Deer archery may only occur within areas of consent when the following requirements are met:
- Deer archery must be conducted from a permanent or portable elevated platform of at least ten (10) feet above the ground; and
- Areas of consent must be a minimum of five (5) contiguous acres in area and may be comprised of one (1) or more parcels of land; and
- Hunters are required to obtain a permit from the Eden Police Department, documenting the parcels being hunted; and
- No arrows shall be discharged within 500 feet of any residential dwelling, school, church, commercial building, governmental property, occupied structure, street, park, or other recreational area, nor shall any arrow be discharged within 500 feet of the perimeter of the area of consent; and
- No arrow shall be discharged from or onto any City of Eden owned property included any water or sewer right-of-way; and
- Hunters shall make every reasonable effort to track wounded deer for the purpose of completing the harvest and recovering the carcass; and
- There is a valid hunting season in effect for which the hunting license applies at the time the bow is discharged; and
- The hunter adheres to all applicable State and Local regulations; and
- The person discharging the bow exercises reasonable regard for the safety and property of other persons.
- The use of crossbows is prohibited.
If you need more information, please call Deputy Chief Clint Simpson at 336-623-9687.