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Sunset Hills Considers Bowhunting For Deer Population Control

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SUNSET HILLS, Mo. (KMOX) - Sunset Hills could become the latest St. Louis County community to have bowhunters take down the deer population.

Earlier this month, a citizens committee recommended bowhunting as the best option for drawing down the number of deer to a more acceptable level.

Lou Salamone, of the group Suburban Bowhunters, agrees with the recommendation.

“Town and Country tried silly stuff like sterilizing the deer and relocating deer. That don’t work,” he says.

Salamone adds that those “silly” solutions actually cost the city money while bowhunting is done by private citizens who go through a permitting and permissions process. He says several other cities, from Ballwin to Clarkson Valley, use bowhunting to control deer populations while Town and Country is the only one which uses sharpshooters.

Under the proposal, hunters will have to be in an elevated stand, in an area larger than an acre, have insurance, and have permission from the landowner.

“It will be a few year process to learn the way of the land, where the deer are coming from, where they’re going to, and reducing them the natural way as opposed to baiting them and shooting them,” he says.

The issue will now be decided by the Sunset Hills City Council.

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