March 25, 2017 Light Rain, 40F

Firearm deer hunt this weekend

DIXON – The Park District is warning people using its trails to be aware of possible nearby gunfire from hunters.

Firearm deer season runs from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset this weekend.

Greg Hunter, the park district’s natural resources officer, said a few residents have been startled by gunfire on private properties near the trails to Lowell Park, and another resident saw deer stands close to the trail.

There is no restriction on hunters firing guns on private property, as long as they don’t fire bullets across the public access trail or fire from the trail.

“We have had no incidents of hunters doing anything they weren’t supposed to,” Hunter said. “I have every reason to believe they’ll continue to practice good safety.”

Although residents should not be alarmed, certain safety measures should be taken, such as wearing blaze orange on the trails and avoiding white clothing, he said.

Signs will be posted Thursday reminding residents to take notice of hunting season and to call the Dixon Park District at 815-284-3306 if they have any concerns.

Also Wednesday, the Park District approved a lease agreement with the Petunia Festival Corp. to use Page Park for $1. The terms are the same as last year’s, Executive Director Deb Carey said.

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