Smithfield's, (North Carolina) town council has voted to allow residents to hunt in their yards this hunting season, in efforts to reduce deer populations in town. The police were paid to hunt deer in city limits previously.
It is for archery only, during deer hunting season, and those participating must follow the hunting rules and abide by a few other rules. If hunting from someone's land, the hunter must have the property owner's permission. They have to be in a tree stand, at 8 ft, and be 150 feet from a dwelling. These are some of the lighter restrictions for in town hunting in North Carolina. One councilman tried to allow hunters to be able to hunt from the ground to make it easier for seniors who might have problems climbing into a tree stand, but that proposal was dismissed as being unsafe. The height is the safest for everyone involved, except climbing or possibly falling from the tree. From The Herald .