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Duck Hunter Opposes Rocky Mount Ordinance

Posted February 25, 2008

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— An opponent to Rocky Mount's new ordinance regulating where hunters can hunt ducks says it puts the city in the duck-hunting business.

But city leaders cite safety concerns and increased population growth for the ordinance, the first of its kind for the city in the 40 years it has owned a 1.5-mile stretch of land surrounding the Tar River.

"(It's) an opportunity and a chance to regulate something that has now grown to the point it needs regulation," said Capt. Wayne Sears with the Rocky Mount Police Department.

Under the ordinance, approved last fall, dunk-hunting blinds must be at least 500 yards from roads, residential areas and other blinds. It also limits the number hunters can have to one.

The city also plans to build two blinds of its own, which it will then rent to the public, to help control what happens on the property.

Once constructed, those duck blinds will be available to hunters through a lottery system two days a week.

"It's a city-funded hunt club and basically, puts Rocky Mount in the duck-hunting business" said John Bryant, a vocal opponent to the ordinance.

Four of his five blinds have to come down.

Bryant says the city is taking away hunters' rights to hunt where they want. He has started a petition to urge the city to change its new regulations.

"Yes, there are some people who may not be allowed to hunt exactly where they want to, but again, that's done with a safety consideration, and also, it's done with giving others a fair chance to enjoy the sport," Sears said.

Sears says the city is protecting its land and believes signs advertising a number for lease on Bryant's duck blinds point to something else.

"He's on our land, yet he's leasing them – or at least there are signs on them stating that he's leasing them, which gives you the belief that he's making money off the city of Rocky Mount."

Bryant denies that claim.

"I've never made one dime on renting a blind," he said.


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  • bluewind Feb 26, 2008

    The majority of homes at the reservior aren't for sale. Where did you get that info "I hate foreign oil"?

  • foetine Feb 26, 2008

    Why don't people just live on the river and claim its a duck blind? Did enjoy seeing that guy trying to claim his "for lease" notice on the Duck Blind meant nothing.

  • squirrelsunlimited Feb 26, 2008

    Did they consult a wildlife biologist, Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowler, ect. on where the blinds should go or are they really interested in the money and relocating the blinds because someone complained?

  • ncguy Feb 26, 2008

    500 yards apart! Go to any public impoundment and see if there is 500 yards apart - LOL!
    Give me a break!

  • patriotsrevenge Feb 26, 2008

    "dunk-hunting blinds"??????

  • IhateForeignOil Feb 26, 2008

    "But city leaders cite safety concerns and increased population growth for the ordinance"

    I find it hard to believe Rocky Mount is experiencing an increase in population, especially when businesses are leaving and the majority of homes are for sale.

  • IBleedRedandWhite Feb 26, 2008

    Yes, but unlike a dock, a duck blind is a temporary structure that can be removed at the end of the season. I'm an avid hunter and it is encouraging to hear that duck hunting has grown so much that it needs regulating. If I were them, I'd be going to Wal-Mart and getting a metal boat and setting up a floating blind on the water. That way I can go to where the geese/ducks are and/or move if one spot gets too crowded.

  • the river rat Feb 26, 2008

    Owners that want boat docks on city property have to apply for a permit, comply with regulations and pay annual fees. Don't see why duck blinds should be treated different.

    For the residents, instead of duck hunting, a better plan would be to kill a few thousand of the nasty noisey irritating invading canadian geese in the reservoir.

  • WHEEL Feb 25, 2008

    " It's a chance to regulate something..." Typical arrogant Police attitude.