I was in Texas last week when I received a call from my wife saying that a large buck had collapsed in our parking lot.
Animal control was called. The police showed up and dispatched the deer which could no longer walk.
As it turns out, this buck had been shot by an illegal bow hunter within the city limits. The arrow evidently caused enough damage to severely injure the deer for a few days as it both bled-out and tried to move around with a partially damaged spinal cord. The arrow was not found; however, it was reported to be an arrow wound.
I spoke with Chief Hyatt who indicated that the Eureka Springs Police department is having trouble with illegal bow hunters from surrounding towns that know of the deer problem in town and are either shooting from their vehicles or are setting up near their vehicles.
This buck travelled across my back yard on a game trail at least twice a day. It was a beautiful animal. The idea that illegal bow hunters are most likely hunting during the night, near my home is disconcerting. I am against a bow hunt in the city and I personally don’t think it can ever occur in a safe manner without Game & Fish literally holding the hunts with an inordinate number of man hours involved.
It does not matter that the recent election passed a resolution in favor of the hunt; the implementation of a safe hunt is a logistical nightmare and is fraught with the potential for harm to people.