Veneta city worker cited after arrow hits house during turkey hunt

Veneta City Administrator Ric Ingham said the man was working to exterminate the birds, which have become a problem in city limits.

Posted: Apr 4, 2019 7:56 PM
Updated: Apr 4, 2019 7:59 PM

VENETA, Ore. -- A public works employee is facing one count of reckless endangerment after he allegedly shot an arrow that ended up in the side of a home.

Carrie Carver with the Lane County Sheriff's Office said they cited Andrew Fielder after responding to a home in Veneta on Wednesday afternoon. 

Hunting inside Veneta city limits is illegal, but Carver said Fielder had a permit from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to hunt turkeys in the area.

Veneta City Administrator Ric Ingham said the man has been a public works employee for around ten years and was working to exterminate the birds, which have become a problem in city limits.

Ingham said he was on private property with permission when he shot the turkey, but the arrow went through the bird and it ricocheted off a tree before hitting the house.

Jani Patrick owns the house the arrow struck and said she and four young children where home when it happened. She said her daughter was standing just feet away from where it hit.

"I just think it was too much of a close call to be hunting in a residential neighborhood," Patrick said. "There is another way to thin out the turkeys."

Jani's husband Kevin said Fielder should have his hunting privileges taken away and the city and ODFW should also be held accountable.

"This is so close to residential homes that when you are shooting a compound bow that's going several hundred feet per second using broadhead arrow tips, extremely careless," Kevin Patrick said.

Ingham said they are now suspending their turkey extermination operations as they look at other options. He said they have been culling the birds for over ten years and have tried trapping and using shotguns. Ingham said this is the first time their efforts have resulted in property damage.

"If they are going to be out there with a weapon that can kill someone, they should've at least told us," Patrick said.

Ingham said they are working with the Patricks to get the damage to the home repaired.

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