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Inner-city bow hunting in Mt. Vernon

MOUNT VERNON, IL (KFVS) - Mount Vernon's inner-city bow hunt has been going on since 2011.

Due to the abundance of deer related car accidents and property damage, the city saw it was necessary to allow trained hunters to help decrease overpopulation of deer.

While this is not the place where people are allowed to hunt, this is where city leaders say problem lies.

It's not uncommon to see deer just outside Mt. Vernon's downtown.

This is why city leaders want more to people to participate in the inner-city bow hunting season, which kicked off on Wednesday, Oct. 1.

City Manager Ron Neibert said since 2011, the number of deer drops by 20 to 25 deer.

It might not seem like a lot but Neibert said the population is cut by 50 to 75.

Some bow hunters say the problem with overpopulation continues to grow each year because It's more common for deer to have twins as opposed to single births.

“More and more construction moves outside the city limits and they have somewhere they need to go. Plus the population has grown so big they come out looking for more food and more foliage,” said Alan Metje.

Those needing a permit must have a copy of their state bow hunting license, a valid Illinois deer tag and signed permission from the landowner where they plan to hunt.

In addition, hunting deer with antlers is prohibited unless the hunter kills three does.

The permit is free.

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