Stray pellets prompt new hunting signs
Hunting season might be over for the northern part of Iowa, but the season didn't end without a few problems cropping up.
According to Spencer Police Chief Mark Lawson, buildings were struck at the solid waste department west of town.
"It was late in the fall and a hunter shot at a goose," Director of Public Works Mark White said. "A few pellets hit the transfer station out there. The hunter was legally placed though."
Hunters may be the legal distance away from the buildings, but new ammunition is traveling further, making a missed shot dangerous for workers at Schwan's and the airport and pedestrians in Stolley Park. It is a "strange area out there," according to White. Schwan's isn't in the Spencer limits, but the transfer station is.
"My concern is how close they are to the park and solid waste," Lawson said.
This isn't the first time buildings have been struck by stray shotgun pellets. The same issue has happened for the last 2-3 years.
Before next fall's hunting season starts, Lawson would like to push hunters further north for public safety reasons. Lawson's plan is to place new signage in the area, inside the city limits, that increases the distance hunters have to be from the buildings.
No one has been charged with any crime, but multiple complaints have been filed. Hunters do move when asked, according to Lawson.
"Hunters do know where they can and can't go," Lawson said.
Lawson would have liked to get the new signs up before the season ended, but approval of the signs has to go through a few channels first. The Spencer Department of Natural Resources has to agree to the new signage, and touch base with a few of the surrounding counties.
No other changes are planned for public hunting areas at the moment.