FARGO – After a city archery hunter asked the city commission to maintain Fargo’s urban hunting program, commissioners last week decided to maintain the plan calling for a public consultation meeting before take measures.
Resident Brent Mitchell said he had applied and harvested a deer for the past three years, and it was a “safe program providing healthy food for my family and very valuable to the residents of the city”.
Despite Police Chief David Zibolski’s concerns about security concerns due to the city’s growing population, Mitchell said he had neither seen nor heard of any problems.
Zibolski announced late Friday afternoon that the public meeting on the wildlife management program that allows bow hunting for the deer and turkey harvest will be held on Tuesday, June 22 at 4 p.m. in the municipal commission rooms.
Police staff will make a brief presentation on security issues and how the program affects police resources. Then residents will be allowed to provide comments.
Commissioner Tony Gehrig, who strongly supports the continuation of the program with Commissioner Dave Piepkorn, urged to wait for any decision after the hearing.
Piepkorn said there had been a discussion with Fargo Park District Director Dave Leker who expressed interest in the district taking over the management of the program which began in 2006. In recent years, the service police administered the hunt on the outskirts of town along the Red River. River.
Zibolski reported that 43 of the 45 applicants hunted last year and harvested 26 deer and a turkey, which he said did not have a big impact on populations.
The chief said he was concerned about stray arrows as more people walk, jog, bike, ski and take their pets for walks along the river.
Across the river, Moorhead only allows archery in the old Oakport Township neighborhood, in the far north of town, and in a few areas near MB Johnson Park.
The Moorhead program is run by the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District, according to police spokesperson Deric Swenson, but the city will be resuming the program soon.
Those wishing to speak at the Fargo hearing should register by noon Tuesday, either online at FargoND.gov/wildlife or by calling 701-241-1310.
Residents wishing to comment before the meeting can contact Acting Police Captain Chris Helmick at [email protected]