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Arkansas Releases Urban Deer Hunt Applications

From Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

-- Due to increasing nuisance deer complaints, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the City of Cherokee Village have joined together to offer a limited urban archery hunt to combat the overpopulated deer heard.

This special season requires more of hunters than most, although it's worth the effort. Two hundred applications will be randomly selected. Chosen applicants must pass the International Bowhunter Education Course before they attend a hunter-orientation class and take the shooting proficiency test Sept. 13.

The hunt is to be held Sept. 15 to Oct. 31 and Jan. 1 to Jan. 31 - within the Cherokee Village city limits - has no bag limit, although the first deer taken by a hunter must be a doe. Deer taken after that may be either sex. Deer taken in Cherokee Village do not count in a hunter's seasonal bag limit, and the three-point rule does not apply. Hunters must hold an Arkansas Sportsman's License and an Urban Bowhunting Permit.

A $35 fee, which includes Arkansas Bowhunters Association membership, covers liability insurance. Only longbows, recurve bows or compound bows with at least 40-pound draw weight and arrowheads at least seven-eighths of an inch wide may be used. Hunters on private property must have written permission from the landowner. Other regulations also apply.

Pick up an application and a list of all regulations at Arkansas Game and Fish Commission headquarters, 2 Natural Resources Drive in Little Rock, or at the AGFC Calico Rock Regional Office on Highway 56 North. Applications also are available at www.agfc.com.

Applications must be postmarked by July 31.

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