Amended ordinance would place restrictions on bow hunting

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Safety concerns may prompt a change for hunters in Chesterfield. The county could soon place restrictions on using bows and arrows.

"It can actually go through a deer," said David Hancock who works at Bob Moates Sports Shop. "They can travel a fairly good distance. 60 yards or so is reasonable."

But this isn't your basic bow.

"It's almost like actually standing out there and shooting a rifle. Tremendous accuracy and a lot of power," he said.

And right now, these weapons are moving fast through David Hancock's store. He says lots of people are fed up with deer damaging their yards and gardens.

"I think they should be able to shoot them because you can't have a garden, you can't have any plants or anything," said bow hunter Donny Brown.

As long as people stay on their property, they have free reign. A re-write in Chesterfield's ordinance would require hunters to be at least 600 feet away from homes, businesses and public areas.

"If it's your property you should pretty much be able to do what you want to do. But you have to take into consideration the residents," said Chris Shepherd, bow hunter.

Tomorrow, county leaders are expected to schedule a public hearing for November 18.

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