JAMESTOWN – Urban deer have become quite the nuisance for those living in Jamestown, and now, city leaders are considering implementing an archery hunting program to manage the growing population.
Jamestown’s City Council is expected to hash-out the idea of authorizing a deer management system, where archery hunters could help reduce the animal’s urban population.
Specifically, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation would authorize licensed volunteer hunters a special permit to hunt deer and coyotes.
The program would run from November 1 to December 22 with hunting limited to bow and arrow with shots taken 20 yards or less from buildings.
Hunting would take at Jones Memorial Park, Bergman Park, Chadakoin Park and Allen Park; with signs posted to warn the public of the activity.
Hunters would take deer to designated processing sites and any processed meat not reserved by the hunter would be donated to a local food pantry.
The council is scheduled to discuss the program during Monday’s 7:30 p.m. work session.