Ripley’s City Council meeting last Tuesday evening was dominated by debate on the perceived problems presented by the abundance of whitetail deer in city limits.
They destroy gardens, flowers, and fruit trees annually. Each member of Council and some members of the audience in attendance had ideas about dealing with the deer.
Councilman Ed Moore, whose suggestion at the last meeting led to the discussion, favors allowing private landowners to bow hunt for deer on their own property during the regular state deer season. He does not want to saddle the event with excessive regulation. “People have enough sense to be careful,” he feels. He recommends shooting from an elevated stand to deter arrow skips. “Just drop deer from the hunting ordinance,” he said.
See the Tuesday, October 25 issue of the Jackson Herald for more details.