(Atlantic) The Atlantic Public Safety Committee is moving closer to presenting an ordinance to the city council that would allow deer hunting within city limits. Wednesday night, the Committee Chaired by Steve Livengood, set some guidelines for the proposed Deer Depredation Program for Atlantic.
“The primary concern of this program is public safety, the secondary concern is deer depredation,” stated Livengood. “We don’t even care about recreation for the hunter. We aren’t doing this so somebody can get a trophy, that isn’t even an issue.”
Livengood says there will be no hunting in the City’s public parks, and hunting will be bow only. “No firearms at all. It is purely safety on the difference between bow and everything else.”
And all shots taken by permitted hunters must be from an elevated platform no less than 10-feet in height. The maximum range allowed for a shot will be 30-yards and only antlerless deer can be shot.
“That was the DNR’s suggestion because if you take out a buck you have lessened the deer population by one,” says Livengood. “If you take out a doe, you lessen the deer population by a higher factor.”
Livengood says any hunter desiring to participate in this program must demonstrate competence by successful completion of a qualification program designed and administrated by the Atlantic Police Department on an annual basis. “Just because you went to the sporting goods store and bought yourself a new compound bow, and attended a hunter safety course and everything else, you are still going to have to demonstrate competence to hunt in town.”
The number of City Deer Depredation Permits will be issued based on an amount to be determined by the Police Chief. A “lottery” system will be used to award permits, if the number of applications exceeds the desired number of permits to be issued.
The areas chosen for hunting will be chosen in one of two ways. Either property owners desiring to have deer hunted on their property will submit the location to the Police Chief, or the Chief will solicit from desired property owners a request to hunt deer on their property.
Livengood says it is important for hunters to still acquire written permission from property owners before hunting can begin. Permit holders must have the permit in their possession during the hunt.
There will have to be a public hearing before passing any ordinance and it must be approved by the council in three readings.
January 13, 2012