Archery Hunt in Rochester Parks Proposed to Control Deer – Post Bulletin

ROCHESTER — A possible bow deer hunt to manage the herd within city limits will be discussed on Monday.

Rochester City Council is expected to hear a presentation that would aim to reduce deer numbers and related damage later this year.

“We had a really startling report of the number of deer-related incidents,” Rochester Parks and Recreation Director Paul Widman said, citing a Rochester Police Department report of 268 deer-related vehicle collisions. Last year.

“We have this spread all over Rochester,” he said.

The Rochester Parks Board has discussed deer control options as part of its wildlife management program in recent years, but Widman said the issues extend beyond the park’s borders.

“I’ve heard many complaints about property damage,” he said of private property owners who contacted the city about deer in their yard.

A plan developed in coordination with the Rochester Archery Club would create a pilot program for a controlled hunt in the park system from September 18 to December 31.

Widman said the program is modeled after efforts in the Twin Cities.

Participants should be at least 18 years old, pass an archery proficiency test and follow the requirements of the proposed plan.

“Security is a high priority,” Widman said.

The number of hunters allowed will be based on the number of hunters that can be safely managed by the archery club and parks staff.

If approved by City Council and the Park Board, hunting applications would be accepted in early August, with a lottery used to determine who is eligible to hunt in designated parks.

The Parks Department would use signs and other equipment to restrict public access to designated hunting areas during the approved time.

Widman said the proposed archery hunt is seen as the most feasible way to address human and deer safety and health issues that stem from deer overpopulation.

“There are very few effective, fiscally feasible non-lethal options with deer,” he said.

The city council will receive the proposal at its 7 p.m. meeting Monday in the council chambers of the city-county government center, 151 Fourth St. SE.

The meeting will be broadcast live at www.rochestermn.gov/meetings/council-meetings and will be available on Spectrum cable channel 180 or 188 and Metronet channel 80.

Meetings scheduled for the week of May 16 include:

Rochester

  • City Council Study Session, 3:30 p.m. Monday In the council chambers of the City-County Government Center, 151 Fourth St. SE. The meeting will be broadcast live at www.rochestermn.gov/meetings/council-meetings and will be available on Spectrum cable channel 180 or 188 and Metronet channel 80.

    City Council, 7 p.m. Monday in the Council Chamber of the Government Center. The meeting will be broadcast live at www.rochestermn.gov/meetings/council-meetings and will be available on Spectrum cable channel 180 or 188 and Metronet channel 80.

  • Fire Civil Service Commission, 3:15 p.m. Tuesday in Room 104 at City Hall, 201 Fourth St. SE.
  • Library Board, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Meeting Room C at the Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. SE.

Olmsted County

  • Health, Housing and Human Services Committee, 11 a.m. Tuesday in Conference Room 2 of the City-County Government Center.
  • Housing and Redevelopment Authority Board, 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Government Center Board Rooms.
  • Physical Development Committee, Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Conference Room 2 of the City-County Government Center.
  • Administrative Committee, Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Boardrooms of the Government Center.
  • Board of County Commissioners, 3 p.m. Tuesday in Government Center Council Chambers.
  • Parks Commission, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Public Works, 2122 Campus Drive SE in Rochester.
  • Environmental Commission, 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at Environmental Services, 2122 Campus Drive SE in Rochester.
  • Planning Advisory Commission, 7 p.m. Thursday, Government Center Board Rooms.

Rochester Public Schools

  • School Board, Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Edison Building Conference Room, 615 Seventh St. SW.

Destination medical center

  • DMC Corp. Board, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Mayo Civic Center Suite 106, 30 Civic Center Drive SE.

Earnest A. Martinez