AR: Five arrested for hunting in Maumelle city limits
Five arrested for hunting in Maumelle city limits
December 30, 2010
Five people have been arrested and charged with hunting inside Maumelle.
Maumelle police Chief Sam Williams said hunting inside the city limits is
illegal and extremely dangerous. Bullets can travel a great distance
depending upon their type and caliber, he said. Some high-powered rifle
ammunition can travel up to a mile, Williams said.
He said hunters are responsible for the bullet even after it hits an
animal. Ammunition can go through an animal or miss its target and might
continue on for some time, he said.
Most of the men arrested were duck hunting with shotguns, which won’t
normally carry as far, Williams said.
Hunting is a dangerous sport, Williams said, but when you add the
proximity of large amounts of people nearby you add a risk no one wants to
see. A pleasure hunting trip could end up with a third party severely
wounded or dead and the hunter spending time in jail rather than enjoying
their hunting, he said.
Greg Jumper, 32, of Conway was arrested on Dec. 22 and charged with
discharging a firearm within the city limits for allegedly hunting on the
peninsula on the Arkansas River. Two other hunters with Jumper, Russell
Dziubanek, 26, and Chad Roller, 26 were not charged because Officer Bryan
Felix, Lt. Jim Hansard and Wildlife Officer Spurlock saw them in a boat and
they had no ducks and officers did not observe them discharge a firearm.
Residents who live alongside the Rector Break of the Arkansas River had
complained for several days of being awakened early several mornings by the
sound of gun fire on the peninsula.
Also on Dec. 22, Public Works employees called police when they heard
gunshots near their facility at 600 Hyman Drive early that morning.
Officer Debra Bagely said she and Officer Felix observed four men in
camouflage clothing in the pond directly behind the Entergy Station and the
Maumelle Public works Building. She said they fired shotguns within plain
sight of the Public Works Building. In fact, Bagely said they parked their
car in the Public Works parking lot.
All three men told police they fired their weapons at ducks and they had
two ducks they had shot and retrieved. A fourth man walked out of the woods
later. All four, Terry Hanson, 29, Taylor Wilkinson, 28, William Ellis, 20
and an unnamed juvenile were charged with discharging a weapon inside city
All of the hunters had hunting licenses and the appropriate duck stamps,
All four are scheduled to appear in Maumelle District court on the
Maumelle charges on Jan. 18.
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