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Hunting Season Complaints in Twiggs County
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Hunting Season Complaints in Twiggs County

The Sheriff’s Office has been flooded with hunting related complaints this hunting season.  Complaints range from trespassing, discharging firearms inside the city limits, and unlawful dumping of deer carcasses. 

The Sheriff’s Office wants citizens to be aware that it is unlawful to discharge a firearm inside the city limits of Jeffersonville and Danville. Both Jurisdictions have ordinances in place that ban the use of firearms inside the city limits.  Under Jeffersonville city ordinance section 15-18 Weapons Discharge – it shall be unlawful for any person to fire or discharge any gun, pistol, cannon, air rifle or any other missile from any other apparatus inside the city limits of Jeffersonville.  If cited for this offense offenders could be fined up to $143.  The Sheriff’s Office has answered calls in the Shannon Drive, Cedar Lane Apartments, Soloman Drive, and Main Street areas this year for complaints of high power rifles being discharged. 

The Sheriff’s Office has as well answered numerous calls all over the county of unlawful dumping of deer carcasses on the sides of county roadways and highways.  If you are caught dumping a deer carcass on the side of the roadway you will be charged with Unlawful Dumping and that carries a fine up to $1,000.   Hunters need to either set aside space on their hunting clubs or property to dispose of carcasses or either take them to Wolf Creek Landfill and pay a small set fee for disposal. 

Hunting without permission and trespassing is also a common complaint received by the Sheriff’s Office as well.  Hunters must respect others property.  There is a charge for hunting without permission and if cited a person will be fined through the Probate Court of Twiggs County $600 first offense, $1,200 second offense, and $2,400 third offense.  This year the Sheriff’s Office has answered calls of four wheelers trespassing on property, locks and gates being cut on properties, and persons being found hunting and killing game on private property without permission.

Sheriff Mithcum wants hunters to take advantage of the great outdoors that this county has to offer.  But at the same time he reminds hunters to be responsible and safe.  Don’t discharge a firearm in a populated area where you take the chance of injuring or damaging someone’s person or property.  Don’t pollute the highways and roadways inside of Twiggs County with decaying animal carcasses, and please take the time and get permission from landowners to come onto the property no matter what the case.  Sheriff Mitchum advises citizens if they have any of these problems they can contact his office at 478-945-3357 or the Department of Natural Resources office in Macon at 478-751-6415.

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