Hunters Issued Warning After Shotgun Pellets Fall On School Bus

White Lake Police have concluded their investigation into the duck hunt incident that happened at a bus stop for Huron Valley Schools on Thursday morning.

The hunters involved in Thursday's incident at a White Lake bus stop were given verbal warnings from White Lake Police, according to officials with the department.

The warnings were given following the investigation into an incident where shotgun pellets fell onto a Huron Valley Schools bus Thursday morning at Cumberland and Valley Rise, which is a bus stop for Brooks Elementary School.

"The officer on the scene felt a warning was appropriate, and the department agrees," Lt. Don Nankervis said.

Nankervis said the hunters were not in violation of the township's Hunting Area Control Ordinance - and that this time of the year hunters are out several places in the township where it's legal to hunt.

"If we get complaints, we follow them up and will assist the Department of Natural Resources if an investigation is warranted," Nankervis said.

State law states that a person can shoot a gun on their own property. In addition, more than one-third of White Lake Township is state land where hunting is allowed.

According to the township's ordinance, hunting is prohibited in the following areas:

  • On the waters of Cooley Lake
  • On the waters of Pontiac Lake, except around Teggerdine Road and Gale Road.
  • On the waters of Round Lake
  • On the waters of Oxbow Lake
  • On the waters fo Bogie Lake
  • Near Ormond Road, England Beach and Ridge Road
  • Hilltop Drive to the backs of the Huron River, and along the Huron River to M-69.
  • Oxbow Lake Road near Elizabeth Lake Road, south to Cedar Island Road and Round Lake Road, to Hutchins Road and Farnsworth, and then to Union Lake Road.
  • The area of M-59, Sunset Street, Biscayne and Bogie Lake Road

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Laura Vogel October 24, 2012 at 02:07 PM
"...the hunters were not in violation of the township's Hunting Area Control Ordinance ..." yet children waiting to board the school bus were in the apparent fall-out path of firearms fire. Sounds like our ordinance needs to be revisited to ensure adequate safety between hunters and residential areas. Since the location of bus stops likely vary over time given population distribution and transportation logistics, the revised ordinance might be wise to incorporate-by-reference any/all school bus pick up and drop off points as established from time-to-time by the Huron Valley and Walled Lake school districts.
Colleen Meier October 24, 2012 at 04:05 PM
I agree Laura. Well said!
Carol Borich October 25, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Laura it makes a lot of sense. You should forward your idea to the township Board before someone is hurt!,
Bambi October 25, 2012 at 09:00 AM
Actually, falling pellets are about as likely to cause serious damage as small pieces of hail. They are not a significant hazard.
Greg Burks October 25, 2012 at 12:10 PM
My question would be is why was the DNR not contacted or involved? I'd also like to know if the area of the bus stop and the hunters were within or outside the 450 ft safety rule?
John Holmes October 25, 2012 at 05:37 PM
The DNR has to be contacted, the Police can't do anything to a hunter on state hunting land. It was a hunting/Fishing issue. The 450 ft. rule is for an "occupied building"....not a place where people stand. And may I also add, please hunters, don't do anything stupid. Pay attention. Don't give hunters and gun owners a bad name just so you can harvest a duck.


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