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i just came across this article and once more thought i'd share with you guys. it's actually kinda funny to think how some people think and view things.

Duck hunters are putting Janice Alexander in a fowl mood.

Her 6 a.m. alarm is the sound of gunshots fired from around Howe Creek behind her Landfall home.

She's not the only one complaining.

Alexander is one of about a dozen Landfall residents who have contacted authorities, dismayed about duck hunters waking them up in the early morning hours nearly every day since about Jan. 1.

But Wilmington police said Wednesday they can't do anything about Howe Creek hunters because that area is out of the city's jurisdiction.

And the county can't do anything either unless a hunter poses a threat to a person or property.

The main difference is that hunting isn't allowed within the city limits, while it is allowed in the county.

So Landfall residents are wondering what they can do to make the hunters cease fire, so to speak.

"I don't think they ought to be allowed to shoot this close to homes," Alexander said.

Duck hunting season, which has been on and off since October, ends next week.

"Thank God we only have a few more days to go," Alexander said.

Gil DuBois, who is affiliated with the Wilmington chapter of Ducks Unlimited, said he hasn't heard the complaints.

But he said it's not surprising that people can hear gunshots that clearly.

"In the wintertime, noise travels further because all the leaves are off the trees," said DuBois, who hunts only in remote areas.

"There's a lot of things you can hear in the wintertime that you can't hear in the summertime."

He said ducks are up and down the Intracoastal Waterway just about anywhere there's water. They're migrating from north to south to places where water hasn't frozen.

They have stopped here because "ducks are only going to fly so far and expend so much energy," he said.

Hunters are taking advantage.

But unless hunters are in Bradley, Shinn or Hewlett's Creek, city police can't penalize them for discharging a firearm.

Creeks outside the city's jurisdiction are Howe Creek as well as Whiskey Creek. Those are in the county's jurisdiction, but it's up to county law enforcement to judge if someone is being unsafe with a firearm, said New Hanover County Manager Bruce Shell, who added this is the first time he's heard such complaints since he has been in his position.

He said he spoke with a resident who was going to explore approaching the county about a change in the county's ordinance.

"We could make the ordinance more restrictive," Shell said. "There is teeth in the ordinance. It may not be as restrictive as some folks would like."

The penalty for discharging a firearm in the city limits is a $500 fine or 30 days in jail, said Wilmington police Lt. Jeff Allsbrook, who added he didn't remember receiving phone calls about this issue either.

The penalty for discharging a firearm in the county is $500.

Fines or no fines, Alexander just wants to resume her peaceful way of life in the home where she has lived for two years.

Blue herons perch on a tree in the marshland behind her two-story home near where the Intracoastal Waterway and Howe Creek converge. Egrets, geese, swans, seagulls and ducks roam the land and rule the air, so she also is concerned about the bird sanctuaries near her home.

The sound of gunshots shatter the silence, scare the birds and make them scatter, she said.

Hunters have no place there, Alexander said.

"Why should their pleasure encroach on anybody else's pleasure, peace or tranquility every morning?" she asked.
 

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yep, ladies lived there for 2 years and thinks she can change everone around hers lives. i'm sorry but i am sure people have been duckhunting in that area long before there were houses.
 

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people out that way better keep an eye on this topic. I have seen instances where a county or city will hold a "public" session and have a vote to ban hunting from a specific area.

I quoted Public because they make sure to have the meeting at an unusal time (4:00am) or post it in a publication that does not get much traffic so people don't know about it until it is too late!!
 

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Let me guess, she moved from up north to Florida because it was cold, then she moved from Florida to here because it was hot and they had a lot of hurricanes, and now she is complaining about gun shots in the morning. Maybe that will push her to move again, and then maybe that will be our answer to getting rid of the yankees that want to change everything around us. I am not saying that I dislike people from up north, just the yankees that come down here and try to change the way we have done things for years.

We had a similar issue like this two years ago in Washington. A group of yankees got together and decided that they did not like people hunting in a particular area on the river. They set up a meeting with the county and had hoped to get it passed to ban hunting in that area, and they had hoped to have this meeting with nobody there to oppose them. You should have seen their faces when they walked in that building and there was at least 60 of us sitting there in camo. Needless to say the county laughed in their faces, and they stormed out of there saying this is not over. Since then several of them have moved and this issue has never come up again.
 

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I live right across Howe creek from this old bag, and I heard these same gunshots every morning. I have no problem with it at all. I even had a hard time getting my lab to concentrate on "doing his business" because the shots got him all excited.

The funniest part of this dibacle was the second article, which was written by some ignorant female writer, who wrote... "they were using steel bullets" and "the caught a blue-billed duck". :rolleyes:

Landfall has always attracted a load of old, blue haired yankees who move into the area and try and change things to the way they "do it up north", after proclaiming that is the reason they moved down here to start with. Then when they screw it up beyond belief, they move even further south to wreck the next sleepy little southern town.

No doubt these kids used bad judgement in picking a place to hunt, but this hyperventilation is way overblown and has lured in a bunch of antis to help their cause of shutting down hunting in our area.

These boys were only shooting sky carp back there anyway. I rarely saw anything else.
 

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Up in CT this state is full of this crap. A couple years ago some lady moved down on the coast next to an isladn where people have been duckhunting forever. She to didn't like the sound of gunfire. She complained and tried to stop hunting there to no evail. Then she took it one step further, went down to the town hall foud out that the person who actually owned the island owed back taxes and long since passed away, so she paid the taxes which wasn't much and bought the land for like a dollar or something (details heard through the grapevine) Now she owns the island and there is no hunting. The worst part about this is none of us sportsman even heard about this in time to do anything about it! I would definately pay attention to this situation!
 

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The penalty for discharging a firearm in the county is $500.
So does this mean you guy's can be fined if you target practice, Hunting, or training your dog in the country?

And FYI: You Fine NC folk, Are Yankees :rofl:
 

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The penalty for discharging a firearm in the county is $500.
So does this mean you guy's can be fined if you target practice, Hunting, or training your dog in the country?

And FYI: You Fine NC folk, Are Yankees :rofl:
Im sorry to hijck this thread but we might be closer to the northern border than yall.... but i promise there is more southern heritage in NC than arkansas will EVER consider having!!! Promise bud!!!

and as pamlico said.... keep an eye on this and if you have any connectiosn to the townboard, id ask them to let me know if someone wants to take this to the council SECRETLY
 

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I am dumbfounded once again :huh: :no: :huh: :no: another case of

"its all about me, and what I want, and what makes me happy, I dont care about anybody else, they can alter there lives to make me happy.... what? you want me to give a lil or make a compromise, no way!!! thats not what I want!! Everybody should be happy, that means you should not be happy to make me happy, b/c the world revolves around me!!"

IDK where the heck ppl like this come from but they seem to be multiplying by the minute. I am so tired of ppl like this. :mad: :mad:
 
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