_"That was opening weekend, and it sounded like artillery was going off," said Rolf Martinsen, 63, who lives in the Indian Beach subdivision on the west end of Galveston Island. Galveston is one of several Texas cities that allow hunting within city limits, including nearby Hitchcock. Texas Parks and Wildlife doesn't keep track of them, but there are cities scattered throughout the state that allow some type of hunting, said Lt. Col. Craig Hunter, deputy law enforcement director for the agency. Galveston doesn't specifically regulate hunting, but a 2003 ordinance allows the discharge of a shotgun west of 99th Street as long as it uses birdshot and is more than 500 feet from a building. Birdshot consists of scores of tiny pellets packed into a shotgun shell. The pellets are small, lose velocity quicker than large pellets and won't penetrate most solid objects, but are powerful enough to kill birds.