Bakersfield family wants help keeping Dove hunters off of their property
Family says hunters are shooting into their yard
Last Updated: 91 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Bakersfield family is counting down the days for Dove hunting season to be over, as hunters continue to shoot too close to their home.
Ingrid Colson and her son Robert explained that they have dealt with this problem for 35 years, twice a year during the dove hunting season.
"I have ended up with hunters at my well, which is just 50 feet past my house," said Colson.
"The shooting starts about 10 minutes before first light, this morning it started at 6:23 a.m.," explained Colson's son.
The hunters have invaded the property next to the family's home, which is apparently owned by the city of Bakersfield.
Colson said that because the property is vacant open land, many hunters think it's free game.
"The more we found out, we learned there is supposed to be no discharge of firearms on city property," said Colson.
The biggest problem the family is facing is that the hunters are now shooting too close into the Colson's property, at times shooting Doves that are actually on their land.
Robert Colson has a tiny welt from a BB gun that recently hit him in the face.
"They're (hunters) are not really paying attention to what they're doing," said Colson.
According to California's Fish and Game hunters must be 150 yards away from an occupied home or dwelling to hunt.
The Colson's plead that they just want to be able to feel safe in their home.
"They shoot toward our home and that's the scariest thing ever with your children around," said Ingrid Colson.
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