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Dos and don’ts of deer hunting in Eau Claire city limits

Eau Claire (WQOW) – A recent survey shows too many deer are hanging out in the city of Eau Claire. If you’re hoping to do your part to keep Bambis at bay, there are some things you should know.

As of Tuesday, the Eau Claire Park Department said the deer population is in excess of 60 per square mile.  A healthy urban deer herd is between 15 and 25 per square mile.

Eau Claire Community Services Manager Todd Chwala said too many deer can be costly such as deer-related car crashes or damaged landscape and vegetation.

The city implemented its urban deer management plan in 2015.  This year people can bow hunt between September 14 and January 31, but there are rules to follow like no hunting allowed on public property within city limits.

“You can hunt on your own property, but if you’re hunting on someone else’s property, you need written permission from that property owner to bow hunt. You’re also not allowed to bait deer within Eau Claire County due to the recent discoveries of chronic wasting disease,” said Chwala,

The city has an Interested Hunters List where you can contact property owners about hunting on their their land.

Katrina Lim

Katrina Lim joined the News 18 team in August 2019 as a multimedia journalist. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey but has lived in all time zones of the contiguous U.S.A.

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