Urban Deer Hunt

By: WSAZ NewsChannel 3
By: WSAZ NewsChannel 3

It only netted nine deer last year and some Charleston city leaders are ready to make that number even higher this year.

On Monday night, council members will take a look at a new ordinance that would mean more time and more places to hunt in the city limits.

The goal is to thin the deer population.

Councilman David Higgins said, "Because of the way we've designed it, it's not a situation where anybody that wants to hunt gets a permit and then goes out looking for deer. It does not work that way."

Property owners must authorize their okay to hunt on their property.

Basically, the landowner selects who is allowed to hunt.

It's going to be fairly restricted.

It's only going to happen on five acre plots.

Hunters will only be allowed to use bows.

It's hoped once deer are hunted, they'll revert back to their instincts and they won't come out on the streets.

But changing the habits of these wild animals first needs a change of law by city council.

The proposal restricts the areas that can be hunted by schools and homes.

The hunt would last three months from October through December.

Those are the months the state allows this type of hunting.

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