State Considers Allowing Bow Hunting In Cities

Nine public hearings are scheduled around the state on proposed changes to hunting and fishing regulations.

One of those changes includes a plan to allow bow hunting inside city limits for towns and urban centers having problems with deer.

The draft regulation by the state's Wildlife Commission sets upa local option for town and city governments to hold a five-weekseason open only to bow hunters shortly after the January First endof the regular hunting season.

Supporters say bow-hunting for deer would be a cheap and lethally effective management tool to reduce conflict between people and deer, whose populations have clashed with North Carolina's rapid growth and urbanization.

But wildlife officials still have to persuade some city dwellers and suburbanites who aren't thrilled with the hunting idea.