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Ellisville Issues Hunting Permits To Stave Off Deer Population

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ELLISVILLE, MO (KMOX) - Ellisville, like nearly every other town in West St. Louis County, has too many deer.

“The wild deer problem is pretty bad,” Councilman Matt Pirrello said. “What’s interesting is all our surrounding communities allow hunting.”

So, following suit, the Ellisville City Council this week approved a program allowing permits to hunt deer in parts of Ellisville.

Pirrello said unlike communities like Town and Country, Ellisville is not hiring a firm to do sterilization or sharp-shooting. He said having citizens hunt with bows is much more cost-effective.

But, due to safety concerns, crossbows will not be allowed.

“One of the problems with crossbows is, because it is a triggered item, not something that is manually controlled by your hands, there is always a possibility of it going off and going astray,” Pirrello explained.

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