Rapid City advances plan to allow limited bow hunting of deer within city limits

RAPID CITY, SD — Rapid City’s Legal & Finance Committee has approved a plan to allow 21 people to bow hunt deer inside city limits.

Licenses would be issued through a lottery system.

Game, Fish & Parks staff says it provides recreational opportunities, while making the community safer.

“Deer crossing the road and vehicle strikes and on some occasions we have deer that will go after people on some occasions attack people,” said John Kanta, State Game, Fish & Parks Regional Supervisor, “So we’re reducing the deer population to address those safety issues we’re seeing.”

People would only be able to hunt in three places around the city that are considered deer hot spots. Locations include near Outdoor Campus West, Jackson Boulevard near Canyon Lake and near Bedrock Golf Course.

Experts say reducing the deer population can help curb the deadly Chronic Wasting Disease.

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