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Old 12-31-2019, 05:47 PM
 
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My wife and I are considering checking out Bella Vista as a place to retire. We were all set to fly out in May or June but i starting reading that they allow hunting on public property in Bella Vista. We are animal lovers and this is a concern. Any feedback would be appreciated. How prevalent is hunting in this area. I understand hunting is a popular sport but I do not want to see it in my daily life. we love to be outdoors with nature so hunting in the area would be a problem for us. If this is something that exists would Bentonville be an option?
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Old 01-01-2020, 08:25 AM
 
Location: SE corner of the Ozark Redoubt
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Hunting is really big here in AR, and the area around and just South of Bella Vista and Bentonville is pretty good hunting grounds. I am sure you will find plenty of hunting anywhere near there.

You might want to consider moving to IL or NM.
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Old 01-01-2020, 06:35 PM
 
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I would suggest settling into a more developed urban area if you're that offended at the possibility of encountering hunters. I'm not sure there is anywhere in AR where you can escape the possibility of seeing a deer in the bed of a pickup in season. Even Illinois is not a safe bet unless your in Chicago or the burbs.
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Old 01-01-2020, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Ozark Mountains Arkansas
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I'm not sure why you're concerned about this. Do you think deer will be hunted out of your front door? That's not how it will be and at most, you may see hunters with their orange on in the area. Hunting may be taking place in public forest lands but you won't see anything actually being killed.
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Old 01-02-2020, 05:57 AM
 
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Thanks for your responses. I think we over reacted to something we read. Anytime you venture out of suburbia to a place where there are deer you will encounter hunting. That's just something we will need to deal with if we want to move away from Southern California. Not many deer wandering around the freeways around here.
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Old 01-02-2020, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Thanks for your responses. I think we over reacted to something we read. Anytime you venture out of suburbia to a place where there are deer you will encounter hunting. That's just something we will need to deal with if we want to move away from Southern California. Not many deer wandering around the freeways around here.
Well there are lots of deer wandering around BV and I have yet to see one shot. You do, unfortunately see them dead by the side of the road from time to time. Most of us love watching them eating grass in our own back yards. One late afternoon last spring we saw 7 in our yard at once. Rather that worry about seeing them shot at random, you may want to worry about hitting one. When there is one running across the street there may be an entire family of them following that one. We know a lot of people living in BV that are avid hunters and yet, not a one of them would wander around hunting deer here in the city. I think you are right, you may have over reacted. Probably what you read came from someone or some organization that had an agenda to push.

Good luck with your house hunting.
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Old 01-02-2020, 07:24 AM
 
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I think your right about the agenda. My mother in law used to live in Lancaster County Pennsylvania and deer getting hit by cars was a major problem. Looking forward to visiting the Bella Vista area soon.
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Old 01-02-2020, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I think your right about the agenda. My mother in law used to live in Lancaster County Pennsylvania and deer getting hit by cars was a major problem. Looking forward to visiting the Bella Vista area soon.
Used to live in the DC area and whenever we headed north to visit friends or for other reasons we would drve through Lancaster county, absolutely loved the place.
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Old 01-02-2020, 11:25 PM
 
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We love NW AR, retired in Fayetteville, were flabbergasted to discover that bow hunting deer is allowed in Bella Vista as close to 50 yards from homes, buildings, trails, & public grounds.

That's well under the range of proficient and wannabe proficient hunters.:shocked

edit to add: I'm all in favor of bow hunting, especially as a tool in controlling deer over-population. My brother and many inlaws do so. That said, it's not something that should be allowed within target range (60-100 yards) of human population. I would never live in a place that considered 50 yards a safe range.

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Old Yesterday, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Do remember there is a hunting season so this isn't something that occurs regularly and as I have said earlier we have never known anyone here who would even consider hunting locally. they all choose to hunt away from our community. I am sure there are some who do hunt near their home but no one we know nor have we heard anything about this from anyone or any source.
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