The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says hunters harvested roughly 74,000 deer during this year’s firearm season.
Last year, the city approved $58,000 for White Buffalo Inc. to kill 125 deer but will be spending less this year, $40,000.
The annual firearm deer hunting season starts Friday and runs through Sunday. Then it picks up again for another four days between Dec. 5 and Dec. 8.
Swerving to avoid hitting a deer, a driver instead caused a crash that left one person dead and another seriously injured.
The illness, spread by the bite of a certain kind of gnat, has claimed more than 400 deer in Illinois this year, more than 2,000 last year.
The ordinance, which passed 5-2, allows for bow hunting on one-acre parcels of land with the permission of the property owner. It was borrowed almost verbatim from adjoining cities.
The plan would allow full-time Six Flags employees to go bow hunting this deer season on the land around the amusement park.
Earlier this month, a citizens committee recommended bowhunting as the best option for drawing down the number of deer to a more acceptable level.
By a vote of 1,485 to 1,279, voters on Tuesday ended a long controversy by repealing an ordinance that allowed deer hunting.
“The wild deer problem is pretty bad,” Councilman Matt Pirrello said. “What’s interesting is all our surrounding communities allow hunting.”