Hunting Zones Set In 1982 Under Review In Independence Township

INDEPENDENCE TWP. (WWJ) – Hunting zones in one Oakland County community are being re-examined for safety reasons.

The current hunting ordinances in Independence Township were last updated in 1982, according to Supervisor Patrick Kittle who says the area is much more populous than it was back then.

“The majority of the township was farms, forests, rural areas. Today we are a thriving residential community,” Kittle told WWJ’s Zahra Huber.

He said that’s why they’re forming a citizens committee to review those ordinances and make recommendations to the board to ensure that hunting zones are safe for residents.

“I don’t think that the way our current ordinances are established it is safe to hunt on a school football field — which is what the ordinances allow right now. That needs to be changed,” Kittle said. “In 1982 there was a cornfield there; today we have a high school with 1,900 students. That is one example of what has to change.”

Kittle says the northern area of the community still has a lot of large lots or 10 to 40 acres; not so much on the south side.

“But, again, there are still areas in the south that do allow hunting,” he said. “Now I think that sometimes common sense prevails in a lot of cases, but, like I said, I would rather have the ordinances there so if someone does discharge a firearm we can take appropriate action.”

Once the recommendations are complete, a resolution will be presented to the Department of Natural Resources.

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