COPY-Hope officials consider urban deer hunting season

Associated Press - January 18, 2010 10:54 AM ET

HOPE, Ark. (AP) - City officials in Hope are considering allowing deer hunting with bows and arrows inside the city limits.

A decision is expected by March.

City officials say manicured lawns, flowers, fruit-bearing trees and shrubs in the city are attracting the deer. Police say at least 28 auto accidents involving deer have been reported in the past six years.

The city's board of directors has met with state Game & Fish Commission officials who suggested the urban hunt.

The only weapons allowed would be longbows, recurve bows or compound bows with at least 40-pound draw weight and at least 7/8-inch-wide arrowheads. Hunters would also have to meet several other conditions before being allowed to hunt - including the first deer taken must be a doe.

Information from: Texarkana Gazette,

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