Comal County is currently the ONLY county in the state of Texas to adopt an ordinance specifically banning bow hunting on 10 acres or less within a subdivision in the unincorporated portion of the county. This ordinance was passed in 1993.
This ordinance limits the right of a property owner to protect their investment, cost the county of Comal hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds (over 999 sheriff dept. calls to address wounded deer-car collisions, 250+ road department pick up of dead deer calls, county landscape/trees damaged by deer). Private party depredation of landscapes, and poses a MAJOR safety threat through vehicle deer, human/deer/pet interactions-disease transfers. In 2011 a woman was killed after striking a deer and veered into the other lane critically injuring to others (this is just one I could find). On top of the overwhelming issue of the health of the deer, many of which are starving, diseases (abdomasal parasites, throat bots, etc.) and causing a profound crisis against the deer population caused by humans.
There are also “holes” in the ordinance (that cause it to represent a significant level of discrimination against a specific portion of property owners – those interested bow hunting) such as:
1. A person can actually shoot a rifle at a “varmint” or “predator” on a lot less than 10 acres in a subdivision in an unincorporated area of the county. See ordinance 316154.
2. A person could shoot (by bow or firearm) a deer on such a lot in many of the incorporated cities within Comal County as that do not have an ordinance against bow hunting.
3. The multiple small acreage lots around the county NOT in a subdivision and less than 10 acres could “hunt” via firearm or bow??? What about the acreage lots less than 10 acres that border these subdivisions?
4. Axis deer/Black Buck/Wild Pigs are non-game animals or “varmints” and a person can shoot these animals (of which there are many in Comal County) with a rifle on a property less than 10 acres in a subdivision – but not a bow as this would be considered “bow hunting”.
5. A PERSON CAN SHOOT A BOW AT A TARGET (OR FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE) ANYWHERE ON 10 ACRES OR LESS BUT ONE CANNOT SHOOT THE DEER STANDING 5 FEET FROM A TARGET!!
Requests has been made to the Comal County commissioners court to address this issue – in a large binder (over 1,000 pages of factual data) to each commissioner with data on population in many subdivisions, letters from HOA’s supporting bow hunting, data on county resources spent on the issue, letter from LSBA and Texasbowhunter.com, etc.
IF anyone is interested on filling out a petition regarding this issue, click the link below.