From Staff Reports

Dove hunting season in the state’s North Zone, which includes the Town of Prosper, officially

opens on Sunday, Sept. 1 and ends on Wednesday, Oct. 23. It reopens on Dec. 20 and closes on Jan. 5, 2014. To address any questions or misconceptions regarding the discharge of firearms within the Town limits of Prosper, the Police Department reminds hunters that hunting of any sort is permissible only under the following conditions in accordance with state law:

1. Firearms and other weapons which can be used on a tract of land 10 acres to 50 acres include shotgun, air rifle or pistol, BB gun or bow and arrow. However, the user should also be more than 1,000 feet from the property line of a public tract of land, generally accessible by the public, that is routinely used for organized sporting or recreational activities or that has permanent recreational facilities or equipment; the property line of a school, hospital, or commercial day-care facility; and more than 600 feet from the property line of a residential subdivision ; the property line of a multifamily residential complex; and more than 150 feet from a residence or occupied building located on another property; and in a manner not reasonably expected to cause a projectile to cross the boundary of the tract.

2. Firearms and other weapons which can be used on a tract of land 50 acres or more include center fire or rim fire rifle or pistol of any caliber. Once again, the user should also be more than 1,000 feet from the property line of a public tract of land, generally accessible by the public, that is routinely used for organized sporting or recreational activities or that has permanent recreational facilities or equipment; the property line of a school, hospital, or commercial day-care facility; and more than 600 feet from the property line of a residential subdivision; the property line of a multifamily residential complex; and more than 300 feet from a residence or occupied building located on another property; and in a manner not reasonably expected to cause a projectile to cross the boundary of the tract.

The Town of Prosper has an ordinance that addresses the discharge of a firearm within Town limits. However, in accordance with state law, hunting is permissible within the above guidelines. The Police Department, in cooperation with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, provides this information in the hope that it helps residents and hunters have a safe hunting season.

For more information, please visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us or call (972) 347-9002.