Folks pushing for urban deer hunting in Cape Girardeau seem surprised that so many citizens are against it. What’s surprising, really, is that some city officials failed to think about all the disadvantages: the potential for public controversy, public safety issues, the wounding and crippling of deer, the problem of unretrieved and arrow-struck deer, low efficiency rates, and various humane concerns.
Bow hunting results in crippling rates from 40 – 60 percent (Gregory 2005, Nixon et al. 2001, Moen 1989, Cadaver 1988, Boydston and Gore 1987, Langenau 1986, Gladfelter 1983, Stormer et al. 1979, Downing 1971). If we fail to repeal the city council’s bow hunting ordinance, we WILL have wounded deer coming into our yards. Surely this is NOT the kind of town we want.