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Mt. Vernon ordinance allows bow hunting inside city limits

December 06, 2011 at 09:20 PM

Carmi Times

Mt. Vernon, Ill. — Bow hunters will be able to apply for permits to hunt deer within the city limits, the Mt. Vernon Register-News reported.

Mayor Mary Jane Chesley said the number of deer found inside the city has been growing. “With the increase in deer, there has been an increase in concerns and complaints from citizens in regards to safety and property damage,” she said.

“They are everywhere. The council has taken a serious approach to this.”

An ordinance approved Monday night will allow bow hunters to apply for a permit to hunt deer in city limits by presenting their deer hunting license to the city clerk, along with their deer tags and a letter of permission from the owner of the property on which the hunter would like to set up his deer stand.

City officials will research the location of the property to ensure that it complies with state laws regarding the distance from homes and structures, and if the property complies, a permit will be issued, the newspaper said.

Permits will be good for one day only, and only 10 hunters will be allowed in the corporate limits on any given day, the newspaper said.

Councilman David Wood said state officials estimate the city’s deer population at 500 to 600 animals.

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