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Bow hunting OK on private land near road
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If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following questions were submitted by readers and answered through the efforts of our news staff.

Is someone allowed to bow and arrow hunt off Thompson Bridge Road?

As long as a bow hunter isn’t shooting from or across a public road and is on private property, then yes, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website.

“State law prohibits discharging a firearm from within 50 yards or across a public road, but that doesn’t apply to archery,” said conservation officer Lt. Judd Smith, referencing state code section OCGA 16-11-103.

Hunting is legal on private property and is regulated by the state. A hunter violating any Georgia hunting law could face a citation. Last year, DNR Law Enforcement issued 15,419 citations and warnings in Georgia.

Although counties and municipalities can regulate the discharge of firearms, the state prohibits those governments from regulating hunting, so there are more freedoms for bow and arrow hunters.

What is the status of the widening of Ga. 60/Thompson Bridge Road from Ga. 136/Price Road to Yellow Creek Road and then on to the end of Ga. 400?

The proposed widening of Ga. 60 to a four-lane divided highway from Ga. 136 to Yellow Creek Road in Murrayville is not active because of funding limitations, said Teri Pope, Georgia Department of Transportation district spokeswoman.

The DOT does not have a date for right-of-way acquisition or construction, she said.

The property needed for the widening is estimated to cost $16.2 million and construction is estimated at $26.1 million, Pope said.

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