Now that it's official, it's time to get down to details.
On May 20, voters in Cherokee Village approved a controlled archery hunt in the city. Votes were 301 (70.2 percent) for, 128 (29.8) against. The season is open from Sept. 15-Oct. 31 and Jan. 1-31.
Two hundred permits will be issued for the 2008-09 season. Upon notification, successful applicants must take and pass the International Bowhunter Education Course, given by the Arkansas Bow Hunting Association on Aug. 23 at the Omaha Center, prior to attending a hunter orientation class and passing a shooting proficiency test on September 13 in Cherokee Village.
The controlled hunt will be archery hunting only, with no bag limit.
The first deer taken must be a doe, but after that, deer of either sex may be taken.
Deer taken within the Cherokee Village Urban Deer Zone do not count in the hunter's seasonal bag limit. The Three Point Rule does not apply to this hunt.
Hunters are required to:
* Pay a $35 annual confirmation fee, which includes membership in the Arkansas Bowhunters Association (ABA) for liability insurance purposes.
* Attend an urban hunting seminar.
* Take and pass the International Bowhunter Education Course.
* Use a longbow, recurve or compound bow with at least a 40-pound pull and arrowheads at least 7/8-inch wide.
* Special considerations will be made for disabled hunters in wheelchairs.
* Pass a shooting proficiency test (three consecutive hunting arrows shot from a legal hunting bow held at full draw by only the archer's muscles. All three arrows must hit within or cut the line of the heart/lung area of a life-size deer target at a distance set by the test administrator (up to 20 yards).
* Hunt without the use of string locks.
* Possess a valid Arkansas (residents' or nonresidents') Sportsman's License. (Hunters must be at least 16 years of age.)
* Possess a valid Urban Bowhunting Permit (issued at hunter orientation).
* Possess written permission from the property owner if hunting on private property.
* Keep all bows cased to and from stands.
* Shoot from stands only (no walking, stalking or ground blinds).
* Hunt from stands that are a minimum of 10 feet above the ground.
* Hunt 50 yards off designated trails or parks.
* Hunt at least 100 yards from any occupied dwelling with written permission.
* Bag or cover harvested animals from sight before removing.
* Remove harvested animals during daylight hours if at all possible.
* Check deer at the Baseheart Fire Station in Cherokee Village.
* Donation of deer to Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry (A 501C-3 charitable organization) is encouraged.
* Display the vehicle permit in full view on the dashboard of their vehicle and carry the approved permit.
* Hunting will not be allowed on SID property.
* Hunters who kill deer in the city will have to keep the animals covered while they're being carried to vehicles, and they will have to obey other rules intended to protect citizens, both physically and emotionally, during the hunt.