RM of Rockwood council ordered its protective services committee to study the idea of having designated hunting areas in the municipality.
Changes to hunting within the RM of Rockwood could be in the works.
The matter was discussed during the Jan. 9 council meeting, at which an official from Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship outlined some avenues for the municipality.
Regional programs manager Brian Joynt appeared at the council meeting in response to a hunting issue raised by some ratepayers at a December meeting.
“We want human safety, but we don’t want to tie the hands of those dealing with the negatives of wildlife,” Joynt said.
Reeve Jim Campbell explained some local ratepayers had voiced concerns over deer hunting.
“Nobody was illegally hunting. A guy shot a deer with a bow and arrow and the deer dropped on [a neighbour’s] yard,” Campbell said.
“[The property owner] noticed a blood streak leading to the his place,” he added.
The hunter didn’t ask the property owners for permission to venture on their property to retrieve the deer. In turn the property owner, Campbell said, confronted the hunter.
“He didn’t break any Rockwood by-laws. The only thing it was he was suppose to ask permission to retrieve the animal,” the reeve said.
Campbell further noted the property owner cannot prevent a hunter from doing so, but can request the hunter be escorted by an officer from Conservation or RCMP.
Joynt noted there are some municipalities that have enacted so many restrictions on hunting that wildlife has become a problem. To deal with it, those municipalities either hire someone to handle the problem animals or issue hunting permits.
He suggested Rockwood should look at designating certain areas for what kind of hunting maybe permitted.
“Perhaps ban muzzle loaders in certain areas or set restrictions on bow and arrow hunting or shotguns,” Joynt explained.
He said there are some municipalities which already do so.
Campbell said big-game restrictions for Rockwood were created a few years ago.
“From the Argyle Road south you’re not allowed to use center-fire rifle and within the town sites you’re not allowed shoot firearms, and there are bumper zones around the towns,’ he said.
“We’re looking at doing something, we’re not sure what recommendations the committee is going to put forward,” the reeve added.