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Deer hunting approved at Wildwood Golf Course to improve damage

Charles City, Iowa – One Northeast Iowa town has approved deer hunting on a golf course in order to reduce damage to its grounds and the deer population.

Roger Sutton is a city resident who says he opposes the ordinance because it’s an inhumane way of solving the problem.

 

The Charles City Council approved a resolution allowing for bow hunting on Wildwood Golf Course where it’s seen a rise in population this year according to city officials. There are two does, two bucks and four babies. 

Sutton argued he doesn’t believe the deer population became a problem just this year. 

 

Parks and Recreation Director Tyler Mitchell said the animals have cost the city $1,350 over the last month to fix more than four greens. 

 

The ordinance calls for a bowhunter to apply for a permit and once approved, can only hunt for one deer.  There are a total of 24 rules and regulations including taking an archery aptitude test – all follow Iowa DNR standards. 

Mitchell says he’s explored other options such as a noise maker or timed sprinklers but other towns and the Iowa DNR don’t recommend those as long term issues. 

 

City officials say this would be one of the first hunts allowed on the golf course in its history. Only six permits are available and permits are due by October 15 and hunting begins once the hunter is approved. 

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Kellan Heavican

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