(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council’s Community Protection committee will recommend some changes to the cities deer depredation ordinance. Tuesday night the committee met to discuss the one-year old ordinance that didn’t produce the results that they expected.
The idea of the ordinance was to thin the city of Atlantic’s deer population by allowing bow hunting within city limits. Atlantic police Chief Steve Green told the group that only two deer were harvested by one hunter and that was it.
Chief Green says some of the problems last year were weather and simply hunters want to shoot a buck. So Green suggested that hunters that kill a doe first get reimbursed for that tag. Authorities would then grant that hunter authorization to harvest a buck within city limits.
“What we would like to do is reimburse a tag for those who’ve killed a deer in the city limits,” announces Green. “When someone kills a deer within the city limits, they must contact us and we will contact a cop to go visit the scene; to verify that the deer was shot within city limits. After that, we would give them a certificate to reimburse that $20 or $25 tag and at the same time, we would give them a permit to kill a deer in the city limits.”
Chief Green says those that qualified last year will not have to go through the same process. They just need to turn in last year’s paper work and they are good to go.
The recommendations must be voted on by the entire city council before the changes become official. There was no word on when that might be.
July 24, 2013