The city council in Davenport has given its blessing for the first time to a deer hunt in the city. Mayor Ed Winborn says there are too many of the animals inside city limits, and they cause a lot of property damage as well as car crashes.
If something isn’t done, he says, the deer herd doubles in size every two years. Mayor Winborn says other cities have tried a bow-hunting season to control deer, and it’s been successful. The Davenport bow-and-arrow hunting season will run from October first through January 21st, along Duck Creek Recreational Trail and two golf courses in the city.
They’ll immediately start granting 200 permits for the urban hunt. Any hunter who wants to take part will have to prove they’ve taken safety training, pass a proficiency test, and they’ll be required to stay away from populated areas.