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The bill would decrease the distance that archery hunters need to maintain from occupied buildings.
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The bill would decrease the distance that archery hunters need to maintain from occupied buildings.

In Maryland, the Montgomery County council is closer to voting on a bill that would shorten the distance archery hunters have to be from occupied buildings when out hunting.

The General Assembly this year passed its own version of a bill that cuts the distance archery hunters must be from occupied buildings to 100 yards from the previous 150. The county bill matches the new state law, and is now off to the full council after it came out of the public safety committee Thursday.

Both the county police and its park police force support the bill, as both departments say it will aid in their controlled hunts of deer aimed at thinning out the animals rising population in the county.

Representatives from both police forces testified that to their knowledge neither has ever received a call reporting that an archery hunter injured a person or pet in their home with an errant shot, and that most archers fire from elevated positions in trees, making their downward shots less likely to enter a residential area if they are off-target.

A full council vote could come as early as next week.

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