Urban deer aren’t a problem only in Virginia. This picture comes from Missoula, Mont., where the paper did a story last spring about challenges of dealing with suburban/urban deer.
One of the tools is urban archery seasons, which I wrote about in my Sunday column in The Roanoke Times.
I haven’t killed a deer during Roanoke County’s designated urban archery season, but it’s not for a lack of effort. I plan to keep with it.
As I wrote Sunday, this isn’t just a hunting opportunity. Participating in urban archery hunts is a responsibility. If we can make a notable dent in deer populations, that increases the likelihood of other localities opting in to urban archery seasons. If we don’t, not only will cities that could use archery hunters’ help — like Roanoke — not bother with urban archery seasons, but some cities and towns that participate may eventually opt out.
Who else hunts the urban season? And if you aren’t hunting, why not?
Finally, if you are a non-hunting Roanoke County resident (with enough ground to safely and legally bowhunt) who is frustrated with deer damage — to your garden, landscaping or cars — drop me a line. I suspect I can find some bowhunters who would be willing to try to help you.