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Urban Archery comes to Pulaski

Deer living in town will have to watch out for more than cars come fall when the town’s Urban Archery Season gets underway.
The town has approved a set of guidelines and applied to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to participate in the program during the 2009-10 season, which runs from Sept. 5 to Oct. 2, 2009 and from Jan. 4 to March 27, 2010.
The purpose of the season is to help reduce the deer population in urban areas. In addition to a standard set of guidelines and restrictions developed by DGIF, each locality is allowed to develop additional restrictions.
Pulaski Town Council decided to adopt a variation on the regulations used by the Town of Christiansburg. Local regulations will include:
• No hunting on town owned property.
• Hunters must carry written permission from individual property owners to hunt.
• Agreement must be made between the participant and landowner in reference to field dress.
• No person shall discharge a bow within 100 yards of any dwelling, building, street, sidewalk, alley, roadway, public land or public place within town limits without permission from the property owner.
• No person shall discharge a bow from, over or across any street, sidewalk, alley, roadway, or public land or public place within Town limits or toward any building or dwelling in such a manner that an arrow may strike it.
• Except for target shooting, archery equipment can only be discharged from an elevated stand with a minimum height of 12 (twelve) feet.
• Hunters must dispose of deer carcasses appropriately. Carcasses should be double bagged and will be taken by the local landfills.
• No person shall hunt deer within the Town by use of dog or dogs.
• In addition to the urban archery season, archery deer hunting is also allowed during the early archery season, the general firearms deer season and during the late archery season.
Standard restrictions set forth by DGIF are available at the department’s website: www.dgif.virginia.gov.
DGIF established the special season in 2002 to address the problem of damage to vehicles and personal property due to increasing populations of deer within urban areas. It is open to all incorporated cities and towns in the Commonwealth, but they must apply to participate.
According to Pulaski Town Manager John Hawley, there were 11 reportable deer-related automobile collisions in Pulaski during 2007; 16 in 2008; and there had been three as of the March meeting. Reportable accidents either involve injuries or death, or property damage totaling $1,000 or more.
Only antler-less deer may be taken during the season.

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Urban Archery comes to Pulaski

Deer living in town will have to watch out for more than cars come fall when the town’s Urban Archery Season gets underway.
The town has approved a set of guidelines and applied to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to participate in the program during the 2009-10 season, which runs from Sept. 5 to Oct. 2, 2009 and from Jan. 4 to March 27, 2010.
The purpose of the season is to help reduce the deer population in urban areas. In addition to a standard set of guidelines and restrictions developed by DGIF, each locality is allowed to develop additional restrictions.
Pulaski Town Council decided to adopt a variation on the regulations used by the Town of Christiansburg. Local regulations will include:
• No hunting on town owned property.
• Hunters must carry written permission from individual property owners to hunt.
• Agreement must be made between the participant and landowner in reference to field dress.
• No person shall discharge a bow within 100 yards of any dwelling, building, street, sidewalk, alley, roadway, public land or public place within town limits without permission from the property owner.
• No person shall discharge a bow from, over or across any street, sidewalk, alley, roadway, or public land or public place within Town limits or toward any building or dwelling in such a manner that an arrow may strike it.
• Except for target shooting, archery equipment can only be discharged from an elevated stand with a minimum height of 12 (twelve) feet.
• Hunters must dispose of deer carcasses appropriately. Carcasses should be double bagged and will be taken by the local landfills.
• No person shall hunt deer within the Town by use of dog or dogs.
• In addition to the urban archery season, archery deer hunting is also allowed during the early archery season, the general firearms deer season and during the late archery season.
Standard restrictions set forth by DGIF are available at the department’s website: www.dgif.virginia.gov.
DGIF established the special season in 2002 to address the problem of damage to vehicles and personal property due to increasing populations of deer within urban areas. It is open to all incorporated cities and towns in the Commonwealth, but they must apply to participate.
According to Pulaski Town Manager John Hawley, there were 11 reportable deer-related automobile collisions in Pulaski during 2007; 16 in 2008; and there had been three as of the March meeting. Reportable accidents either involve injuries or death, or property damage totaling $1,000 or more.
Only antler-less deer may be taken during the season.

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