Hunting area disclosure rule implemented for property buyers

Complaints from residents about gunshots along local rivers and in other traditional hunting areas have prompted the Mesa County Commission to take steps to advise property owners what to expect in their new surroundings.

Commissioners recently adopted a resolution requiring notification whenever a development application is approved in an area where hunting occurs. The notice will inform future home or business owners that they’re occupying an area where people traditionally have hunted.

The notice reads as follows: “This property is potentially within an area which is traditionally hunted; therefore noise and activity associated with lawful hunting and people moving through the area to hunt is normal and may be expected.”

The resolution comes about as development continues to push into what historically has been the domain of various wildlife and the men and women who enjoy hunting them.

Redlands resident Jon Sink, who said he lives above the river across from United Companies of Mesa County, urged commissioners during a public hearing in December to enforce and even expand no-shooting zones. He claimed people are illegally firing guns near his home and noted there are gasoline and propane storage tanks in the area.

“I’m very concerned about our safety,” he said.

But local hunting advocates, including representatives from the Grand Valley chapter of Ducks Unlimited, supported the resolution, saying even though it seemed redundant to post such a notice, it reaffirms their right to hunt.

“It seems overkill that we even have to disclose this, but it’s also important to protect a waterfowl hunting area,” chapter president Brandon Siegfried said.


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