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Special archery deer hunt is under way in the city

A group of expert bow hunters is again targeting the city of Hudson's antlerless deer population.

The hunt, conducted by a partnership of local hunters, began on Sept. 15 and will run through Jan. 31 of next year, coinciding with the regular Wisconsin bow season.

This is the third consecutive year that the city has approved the control hunt by River Valley Deer Management, a group led by Hudson businessman Lon Feia.

The city's ad hoc Deer Management Committee met Sept. 6 to review the 2011 hunt and decide if any changes were needed for 2012.

"Basically, everything stayed the same," Tom Zeuli, director of the city's Public Works and Parks Department, reported.

As in the previous two seasons, the hunt is taking place on city-owned land and private property where permission has been granted by the owners.

Zeuli said no problems with the 2011 hunt were reported at the Deer Management Committee meeting, led by chairman Tom Redner. Zeuli also is a member of the committee, along the Police Chief Marty Jensen, Park Board member Pat Casanova, Alderperson Randy Morrissette II and citizen Kevin Hartman. Morrissette and Hartman didn't attend the committee meeting.

Feia was present and reported that 32 antlerless deer were harvested in 2011, down from the 42 taken in 2010.

He said the area behind the high school and St. Croix Heights subdivision yielded the most deer, a total of nine. Five deer were taken from an area on the south side of Lake Mallalieu, from 10th Street to Boulder Point. Five deer also were harvested from the neighborhood of Willow River Cemetery.

"The city feels there are still plenty of deer in town," Zeuli said when contacted by phone on Tuesday.

He said a deer ran into a garage on St. Croix Street this fall and had to be put down after breaking its neck. And deer-vehicle collisions continue to be a fairly common occurrence on Vine Street and Coulee Road, the Public Works and Parks director said.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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