3 deer harvested on first day Cape Girardeau’s first urban deer hunt

Published: Nov. 1, 2021 at 4:23 AM CDT|Updated: Nov. 1, 2021 at 7:07 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - The City of Cape Girardeau’s first urban deer hunting season began on Monday, November 1.

Three deer were harvested as of noon on Monday.

Just 40 hunters will be allowed to take part in the season.

In order to participate, hunters must 18 years or older and completed state-issued hunter education.

Hunters can only use bow and arrows to harvest a deer.

”Managing the populations not only is safer for our public with vehicle crashes and things like that,” said Dustin Ziebold, director of finance for the City of Cape Girardeau. “It’s actually helpful to the animals, lowering that population so there’s no starvation because there’s no resources; limits the spread of diseases as much as possible, those types of things, so it benefits both sides of it.”

Hunting within the city limits will only be permitted in five managed hunting areas which include Twin Trees, Cape Rock, Fountain Park and Delaware Park.

Each site will have “No Trespassing” signs posted at their entrances and parts of the parks will be closed off to the public.

The urban deer hunting season ends on Sunday, December 5.

At the end of the season, the Cape Girardeau City Council will evaluate the managed deer hunt to decide whether or not to continue the program.

For more information on the urban deer hunting season in Cape Girardeau, click here.

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