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Deer Hunt in Fargo City Limits Expanding

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An annual deer hunt that has been happening since 2006 within Fargo city limits is expanding.

Bow hunting will now be allowed on the 17 acres south of Forest River because of complaints of deer damaging property and an increase in deer-vehicle crashes.

Dick Johnson has lived in the Forest River area for nearly 40 years. He says, "The other night we seen a real nice buck that had velvet on its horns and sat by and looking right at us."

In those years, Johnson has seen quite a few deer come around the house, but he would not call them a nuisance.

Even though Melissa Dixon has had some problems with them eating some of her plants, she loves the deer being around here.

But plenty of people in the area are not happy about them.

"The citizens start asking is there something that can be done," says North Dakota Game and Fish Biologist Doug Leier.

Leier says as the deer population grows within city limits, it spreads outward. That creates more problems, especially increasing deer-vehicle collisions.

Controlling that growth through bow hunting doe is one solution. "It's reducing the numbers, and it's also changing the behavior of the deer population," explains Leier.

Through changing the behavior, he says the hope is to push some of the deer out of the more populated areas. "It's not gonna solve everybody's problems, but it is something that has had a considerable amount of success in Fargo and other urban areas like Bismarck as well."

Dixon is not sure how she feels about the hunt but does know there are other ways to keep property safe. She says, "I sprayed this last week and obviously the deer came through last night and they didn't take any of that, so that's good."

Johnson says he is okay with it as long as he can still enjoy the few in his yard.

To take part in this hunt, you need to take a training session and pass a test to apply for a special archery permit.

Here is a release with that information:

The Fargo Police Department in conjunction with the Fargo Park District, North Dakota Game and Fish Department, and the North Dakota Bow hunter's Association, will be conducting training and certification for the 2013- 2014 Wildlife Management Program.  The Wildlife Management Program utilizes trained archery hunters to manage the urban deer herd within the city limits of Fargo. 

Training sessions are tentatively scheduled for July 16 & 17, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Participants must attend one session of training and pass a proficiency test to be eligible to apply for a special archery permit from the North Dakota Game & Fish Department.  Training is conducted by the Fargo Police Department, Fargo Park District, ND Game & Fish Department and North Dakota Bow Hunters' Association.

Individuals interested in attending one of the training sessions should contact Officer Sara Cruze at the Fargo Police Department at (701) 241-1437, or e-mail Officer Cruze at Scruze@cityoffargo.com  Registered applicants will receive a packet containing information about the training, testing and regulations of the Wildlife Management Program. 

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