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.
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.
Earlier this month, a citizens committee recommended bowhunting as the best option for drawing down the number of deer to a more acceptable level.
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The Department of Conservation reports that 21,437 turkeys were taken during the first week of the season.
By a vote of 1,485 to 1,279, voters on Tuesday ended a long controversy by repealing an ordinance that allowed deer hunting.
Sgt. Jamie Maul of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says this is needed.
17 deer were killed this past season and Chief Glen Eidman says there have not been any incidents in which someone was hurt.
The agency’s safety tips include always being aware of surroundings and knowing what is beyond the target.