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Company calls North Hudson deer hunt a success

The president of the hunting club involved in the North Hudson urban archery deer season calls the pilot program a success.

Lon Feia, president of River Valley Deer Management (RVDM) that conducted the hunt this season under a contract with the village, said his group bagged 23 deer during the season that ran from Sept. 12 through Jan. 31.

It was short of their pre-season goal of 30 to 50 deer, but still encouraging, he said.

"We consider the program a success," Feia said, "and we look for a more productive year during the 2010 season."

"We removed 23 deer, all the meat was distributed," he said adding that the club had requests for more venison than it had available.

In the meantime, the village was notified Jan. 13 that it received a DNR grant for $5,000 for urban wildlife abatement and control. The grant is designed to pay half the cost of the project to manage the deer herd.

The funds will be used to monitor the deer population, increase public awareness, implement an annual urban archery program and modify habitat within the village and dispose of the venison to charitable organizations or residents.

Feia said that RVDM did not bill the village for any of its services but incurred some costs including insurance and the theft of two blinds. "The two blinds were valued at about $600," he said.

The North Hudson Board of Trustees passed a resolution to develop an urban archery hunt last summer. It was the first concrete action to reduce a deer population that had become a problem to residents.

In January 2005, the deer problem was the subject of discussion at a board meeting but no further action was taken. At that time trustee George Klein pointed out the deer were so prevalent in the community that two of them ran into an NHPD squad car.