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Fort Smith directors look at urban deer hunt

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 9, 2013 at 1:07 p.m.

— Fort Smith city directors are considering an archery deer hunt in parts of the city to reduce the herd.

Fort Smith police said in a news release Wednesday that limited hunts are “practical and economical.”

The Times Record reported that Arkansas Game & Fish Commission deer program coordinator Ralph Meeker told directors Tuesday that the hunts could reduce deer-vehicle collisions.

He says Arkansas was ninth in the nation in deer-vehicle collisions with more than 20,000 in 2011-12.

Meeker said urban hunts have been held in various Arkansas cities since 1999 with no injuries.

Hunts would not be allowed within 50 yards of homes, public trails, golf courses, parks and paved roads. All shooting must be from a stand at least 10 feet above ground and no crossbows would be allowed.

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Jackabbott says... January 9, 2013 at 4:35 p.m.

This is absurd and begging for lawsuit if someone gets injured. Why not capture them and set them in a preserve or zoo, so people will have some reason to visit FT. Smith.

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Got2Kids says... January 9, 2013 at 5:01 p.m.

Sure Jackabbott, let's spend tax money on a study to determine just how many employees your suggested program will need, how many trucks to buy, how many traps to buy, etc. Then lets get the budget passed and start the procurement process. Makes a lot of sense, versus having someone pay for a license and tag to harvest the deer. Again, you fail to even contemplate the cost to implement your suggestion. If you don't like hunting, just say it. You do realize that it is legal to bow hunt in most cities with permission from the land owner, and that you should think before you open your mouth, or in this case, type. Also, before you even say it, the number of hunting accidents versus the number of hunters is astronomically LOW. As always, thanks for the entertainment.

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