Newton County SO: Deer hunters firing too close to homes

Photo taken at Buck wild Whitetails in Jasper County

It's deer season, and according to a local sheriff, animals aren't the only ones in danger.

Newton County Sheriff Billy Rowles says his office has received numerous calls about shots being fired too close to homes.

"We've had a barn shot up," says Rowles.

Rowles says he believes the issue is linked with people building deeper into previously undeveloped areas.

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"The deer have been protected for so long," he says. "There are so many now that they're moving in kind of in the neighborhoods."

Rowles advises hunters to only hunt in areas where it is legally permitted.

Newton County's Deweyville High School is trying to teach students these things ahead of time.

"Is that particular area you're hunting--- is it a safe area?" asks Joe Waldrum, an Ag Science Teacher who teaches hunting safety Courses at Deweyville High School.

He says hunting is a big responsibility, and the earlier people learn how to do it safely, the better.

"That's why I think these hunter safety classes are so important," he says. "I'd that one of the safety rules is know what's in front of your target and what's behind your target."

Rowles says there is too much power behind each bullet to take the responsibility lightly.

"They say that a .22 bullet will go one mile," says Rowles.

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