Bow hunting for deer in Eureka Springs this year
Little Rock, Ark. (AP) – Bow hunters will have the opportunity to hunt for deer this fall and winter in the northwest Arkansas city of Eureka Springs.
City officials say they hope to reduce the deer population by up to 150 with the urban bow hunt that is one of about a half-dozen in Arkansas – but a first in Eureka Springs.
Police Chief Earl Hyatt told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the city has declared itself a deer camp meaning the city's deer hunt committee decides who gets hunting permits. Hyatt says anyone with a criminal record or hunting violation will likely be turned down.
Eureka Springs voters approved the urban bow hunt in November 2010 after complaints of deer eating gardens and often being hit by cars on city streets.