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Chapel Hill Council to study urban deer hunt

Posted January 11, 2010

— The Chapel Hill town council agreed Monday night to take applications for an urban deer hunt as it studies the issue further.

Residents have submitted a petition asking the town to hire professional deer bow hunters to reduce the population of deer. Residents said the deer have become a nuisance.

The council called for a public hearing on the issue and asked for more input from experts and residents.

In the meantime, professional bow hunters can submit applications to hold an urban deer hunt with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. No action will be taken on the applications until after the public hearing.


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  • ncguy Jan 13, 2010

    I'm calling Ted Nugent!

  • Timbo Jan 12, 2010

    I agree claytontarheel. I was commenting on the ridiculous statements about bowhunting and killing deer.

  • itsnotmeiswear Jan 12, 2010

    Timbo: I would assume the "professionals" will be competent, and urban doesn't mean Franklin Street. The bow hunters would be hunting from elevated stands and shooting down at 300fps. A decent bow hunter is not going to take a shot that is not open to the kill zone, and if they do happen to miss, the arrow will be in the ground. A deer will sometimes "jump" on the release and duck the arrow causing a miss, but if you have planned the shot, the probability of a dangerous deflection is very, very small. Much smaller than you hitting a deer on the way home.

  • Timbo Jan 12, 2010

    "What a sad commentary that we want to kill them so we can perpetuate the "urban sprawl"."

    Huh? What's sad is the article in the newspaper about how "dangerous" bow hunting would be. An arrow could hit tree and bounce who knows where!!!!

    I guess having one crash through your windshield and kill you and your passengers is preferable.

    They probably think Bambi is real in Chapel Hill.

  • fishon Jan 12, 2010

    Obviously a comment made by someone unfamiliar with harvesting deer.

  • donnied1952 Jan 12, 2010

    I think the deer should do a study to see if they can eliminate the Chapel Hill town council and to study how to do that, bows and arrows or shotguns, haha.

    Chapel Hill does a lot of studying but they never seem to get anything done.

  • Riddickfield Jan 12, 2010

    When I saw this story the first thing I thought was. "What are they going to do, give the deer hugs?"

    Does this mean that if you see a deer in your back yard you can pull out your bow and kill it? That would be fun.

  • firefly5 Jan 12, 2010

    People want to live in this nice, wooded place but forget that it's a HABITAT with other creatures that live there too! Stupid humans. It's a package deal! Instead, you just get rid of everything that is a nuisance to you so you can have your easy, sterile, few trees.

    A professional bow hunter would be someone who gets paid to kill deer with a bow. Think we have those?? Let's have the bow hunters who apply prove their accuracy before being allowed to kill the deer. More humane to just blow their brains out with a shotgun. And if you're going to kill the deer at least give the flesh to people who need food, soup kitchens and such. But it would be wiser to develop a deer sterility program to limit the herd size for the long haul.

  • THE ETERNAL Jan 12, 2010

    Kill the deer and give the meat to the homeless or sell it cheap to whomever wants to buy it. This meat should be hormone and antibiotic free-good, tasty and healthy.

  • Oxfordgirl Jan 12, 2010

    I wonder do you have to be a resident of chapel hill to apply and where do you get the applications?