I can't believe what I read in my local newspaper Sunday! Hopefully this turns out in favor of the bowhunters. It is obvious some people have no clue about some things when they make statements like some of the bolded ones below
Residents debate hunting issue
By Sarah Jane Rosser, Staff Writer
Sunday, March 23, 2008 — No decision was made by Norwood Town Council members Thursday evening on deer hunting in the town limits.
Four people attended the special meeting to voice their opinion on bow and arrow hunting within the town limits. Council members said they have received complaints regarding the large deer population in the town limits and are looking for ways to control it.
Residents John Morgan and Don Bowers spoke for the ordinance in order to keep deer population down and to provide a recreational activity.
Morgan said he didn’t have a lot of time to go out to hunt outside of the town limits. With the ordinance in place, Morgan said he can enjoy hunting in his spare time in his own back yard.
Bowers said even though he lives outside the town limits, it’s one way of controlling deer population.
Walter and Marianne Davis expressed their concern regarding stray arrows and the danger it puts children in.
“If population needs to be controlled, there’s other ways to do it,” Walter Davis said.
The Davises said they were concerned about stray arrows harming their grandchildren when they are playing in the yard.
Town administrator Dwight Smith said those who are hunting must have the permission of property owners before hunting on their land, however, Marianne Davis said it’s very simple for an arrow to land in yards that are in the vicinity of where the hunting takes place.
Councilman Alphonzo Rush said he understands both sides since he has a problem with the deer. Rush also said he does not like the killing of animals either.
“I don’t think we have avid archers in the town limits,” Rush said.
“If there are, I’m sure they would exercise safety.”
In response, Walter Davis said anyone who thinks that everyone is prepared to hunt in the city limits is naive.
Mayor Pro-Tem James Lilly made a motion for the discussion to continue at the next regular meeting on April 7 in order to receive more information before making a decision.