Bow hunting season begins on-target, AGFC eyes dangers

CHEROKEE VILLAGE, AR (KAIT) - Terence Teel with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says deer numbers are up, especially in the more wooded areas.

"The deer population is up, primarily in southern Arkansas, where vegetation is more readily available."

Cherokee Village fire captain Johnny Pendarvis says urban hunting has been allowed for five years.

It seems to be paying off, since numbers are down.

I think last year was 124 total killed on the harvest in the area here. Right now, this year we're at 64.

The frequent rain systems and temperature swings of early fall send bucks out in droves on the hunt for does.

These deer will even wander into the middle of busy highways, putting lives and property in danger.

"A deer costs, when it hits a vehicle, anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 on up. Sometimes it totals it out."

Safety is the number one priority when it comes to urban hunting as bow hunters are required to follow numerous guidelines.

Archers must stay 50 yards away from houses, businesses, and park areas.

Tree stands must be at least 10 feet high and moveable.

"This little hunt's try to thin the population down, and make it a little easier for people to drive around."

Several other towns are following suit.

Fairfield Bay, Heber Springs, Horseshoe Bend and a few others are in on the hunt.

"It opened up the first of September, and goes all the way through January 31st."

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