COLUMBIA — Deer hunters who want to use bows this year within city limits might need to attend an orientation meeting this week.
The three free registration sessions – 6 p.m. Tuesday ; 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Aug. 27 – will take place at the Activity and Recreation Center, according to a Parks and Recreation news release. Permits to hunt on city property are good for two years, so those who attended the 2013 session do not have to go this year.
This registration requirement is part of the city's deer management program, which began in 2004 and has been growing ever since, with 170 attending the first session in 2004 and 288 attending in 2007. Hunters must be at least 15 years old and must pre-register online prior to the session.
The city limits in which registered hunting is allowed include the Sanitary Landfill, the Grindstone Nature Area and a part of the Twin Lakes Recreation Area, according to the Parks and Recreation website. A full map of the permitted hunting areas can be found on the Parks and Recreation website.
When in these areas, hunters must carry their permit or display it in their vehicle, according to the website. Bow hunting season has two windows, the first from Sept. 15 through Nov. 11 and the second from Nov. 23 through Jan. 15, according to the website.
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