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Bowhunting Recognized as Key For Urban Deer Control

Deer automobile accidents annually cause more than a billion dollars in vehicle damage, kill hundreds of people, and injure thousands more. Such statistics have led many towns to seek a safe way to decrease deer herds, and allowed bowhunting to find it's niche.

In February, USA Today highlighted several towns that have kicked off bowhunting to find the following:

Fort Smith and Barling, Arkansas lifted bans established a bowhunt in a 7,200-acre area that lies in both towns. The hunt was instituted because the overabundant local deer herd might starve. It will also help reduce the risk of the animals roaming into the area as it fills with new homes and businesses.

Two public parks in Kansas City, MO held pilot bowhunts in 2006. Forty-one deer were taken from late November to Dec. 10. The City Council authorized the hunts after learning that at least 400 deer were hit by vehicles in the city annually.

Bowhunters in Warsaw, Indiana took 20 deer during a three-week archery season in November. Councilman,an Jeff Grose said "We felt the residents in that area had a legitimate argument to declare the deer population a nuisance."

After reports of overabundant deer damaging property and being the cause of multiple automobile accidents, Almosa, Colorado allowed hunting with bows and shotguns on a city-owned golf course until Feb. 28.

Suburbs of Des Moines, St. Louis, Cleveland, and Columbus, Ohio have also staged bow hunts or are considering doing so.

"Bowhunting is a safe and effective deer control," said USSA President Bud Pidgeon. "Anti-hunters try to pressure many local governments to use costly, ineffective methods such as deer birth control, but it's the bowhunt that proves worthwhile."

The insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports nationwide, deer collisions with cars cause $1.1 billion in vehicle damage annually. These accidents kill 150 people and injure 29,000 others. The National average car insurance claim for a deer collision is $2,800.

For this article and many more like it please visit the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance at http://www.ussportsmen.org/


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