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First day of dove hunt spurs neighbors’ calls

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EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah County — Monday was the first day of the dove hunting season, and the sheriff's office received half a dozen calls from people complaining about shots fired too close to their homes.

"That's a typical thing that happens on the opening of the dove hunt and opening of the pheasant hunt," Utah County sheriff's deputy Dennis Chapman said.

Housing developments are expanding beyond the city limits of Eagle Mountain and Saratoga Springs, and into wilderness areas where hunters are legally allowed to shoot the migratory birds, Chapman said.

There was no property damage Monday, and no citations were issued. When deputies showed up at the sites where shots had been fired, the hunters were gone, Chapman said.