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Durham leaders approve bow hunting of deer

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DURHAM, N.C. -

Durham City leaders voted unanimously Monday night to allow bow hunting of deer.

Bow hunting of deer will be allowed during certain months and in certain parts of the city.

A committee of City and County leaders, local hunters, Duke Forest staff and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources commission met in March and May to discuss deer managing techniques.

After considering the issue of deer overpopulation and management options, the committee recommended that City Council amend the ordinance to allow bow hunting in the city during deer season.

The ordinance allows bow hunting within city limits, but further than 250 feet from most buildings. The hunting also has to be done from a platform on 5 or more acres of land.

Hunter Eric Steinbicker said the ordinance is meant to cut down on the number of deer-related crashes due to over population and to help feed those in need through the non-profit Backyard Bow Pros.

"They'll actually come get the meat from the hunter, take it to a processing facility, process it themselves and then donate it to the Durham food shelter," Steinbicker said. "It's already a program in place, and it's something we've been working on for the past year just in case this were to pass."

The organization is working to donate to the Durham Rescue Mission. Each deer can equal as many as 200 meals.

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