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North Hudson deer hunt slows in winter

The cold and snow of December has slowed down the urban deer hunt program in North Hudson but the archers involved plan to continue to the end of the season Jan. 31.

Lon Feia, president of River Valley Deer Management, said the six hunters in his group have bagged 22 deer as of Monday morning, the same number reported in early December.

"The good news is that we have had zero complaints, zero confrontations and zero losses to wounding," Feia said.

"All of the deer have gone to Hudson area residents or local food shelves," he said.

Feia admitted that it has been a bit of a rough go lately with heavy snow and bitter below-zero cold. "Plus we are hunting in the same limited areas and the deer get smart. They come out just at dark," he said.

The first urban deer hunt project in the village started with the opening of the bow and arrow season in September. The group's goal is to bag 30 to 50 deer in the first season.

The village board has since applied for an urban wildlife abatement control grant that would be worth $5,000 toward the cost of an archery deer season.