COEUR D'ALENE -- A northern Idaho couple is asking the state to prohibit hunting on public land near their home, citing concerns that bullets are being fired too close for comfort.
Bart and Pat Templeman recently sent their request in a letter to the Idaho Department of Lands.
The Templemans are retired and live a couple hundred yards from nearly 500 acres of state endowment land in Coeur d'Alene. Hunting is allowed on all state endowment land.
"You become a prisoner of your own home during hunting season," Pat Templeman told The Coeur d'Alene Press.
The Templemans said they want the state to prohibit hunting on the property before they or their neighbors are victims of a bad shot.
A couple of years ago, Bart Templeman said a bullet struck their barn while he was inside working to insulate the building. And several days ago, his wife said she came across a hunter who had shot a deer on neighboring private property.
Their neighbor, Christy Blazin, said she would also like to see hunters barred from the property near her home.
"We're not against hunting, but we just feel there's plenty of places for people to hunt that are not close to residential neighborhoods," Blazin said.