Residential Hunting Divides Neighbors
Liberty Hill Sundance Ranch is a Texas neighborhood consisting of 277 homes with lots 2.5 acres to 10 acres. The homeowner's association applied for and received, 60 Managed Land Deer Permits from Texas Parks Wildlife which give landowners the state's most flexible seasons and bag limits. The association claims that they did a survey through the neighborhood, and bow hunting deer was approved by the majority to handle the deer population.
Some residents are very unhappy, especially the residents who have children and have found arrows close to where their children play. A homeowner has filed suit saying the board's decision violates the community's own Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions, which states, "No activities shall be conducted on the Property and no improvements shall be constructed or allowed to remain on the Property which are or might be unsafe or hazardous to any person or any property."
Some neighbors against the bow hunting argue the deer committee is made up of mostly hunters, an actual vote was never taken on bow hunting, a professional deer count was never done, and rules for the wildlife management plan are not being followed. Some believe it is just the association giving hunters the ability to do whatever they want on their land, which in a neighborhood is irresponsible. The association lost their insurance carrier once they found out that bowhunting was allowed. From KXAN.com.