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OH: Teen hunter allegedly shoots bullet into house

Stray shot reignites debate on hunting in Pataskala

Thursday, December 11, 2008 10:40 AM
By Holly Zachariah
The Columbus Dispatch

When a stray bullet from a hunter's gun tore through a window last week and narrowly missed a man sitting at his computer, it reignited a debate over whether hunting with firearms should be allowed in the city of Pataskala.

Some residents say they increasingly are afraid of the shooting that takes place on what once was rural land but now is packed with, or at least is much closer to, homes. They are calling, e-mailing and writing to City Hall, suggesting that regulations that disallow hunting in some areas be expanded.

"There shouldn't be hunting in areas where people live," said 61-year-old Don Smiley, who was sitting at his computer Dec. 4 when a shotgun slug ripped through a window and a bamboo blind and lodged in a wall. He was unhurt, and state wildlife officials say charges are pending against a teenager who was hunting illegally.

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