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As Hunting Season Starts, Washoe Sheriff Stresses Gun Safety

Alexa Ard

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is reminding recreational shooters to obey local rules after two hunting seasons recently opened. Reno Public Radio's Marcus Lavergne reports:

Sheriff's officials say they've received several complaints in the last few years from bicyclists, hikers and homeowners about shots heard close to residential areas.

It's against the law to fire most types of guns within 5,000 feet of a home. Bob Harmon is with the sheriff's office.

"It's important if you're going out there to do any shooting, whether it's hunting or target shooting," Harmon said, "that you know where shooting's allowed and where it's not allowed."    

Harmon also advises that everyone using recreational areas know where the designated spots are, even if they’re not out to shoot.

Hunting seasons for quail and chukar kick off this weekend. 

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