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Bowhunting Ban Sought In Richmond

Feb 04, 2003

Archers have enjoyed stalking deer in Richmond for years, but now they are the targets.
City Councilman Joseph E. Brooks wants to ban bowhunting within the city limits.
"I think it is a danger to children and to all people," said Brooks, who is asking the council to vote on the ban Monday.

The councilman said he is not aware of any injuries that have occurred as a result of bowhunting, but: "You don't wait for someone to get hurt before you look at the consequences."
In Richmond, it is legal to hunt deer with a bow from Oct. 5 to the first Saturday in January. Brooks wants to make bowhunting in Richmond a class 1 misdemeanor, which carries up to $2,500 in fines and/or up to a year in jail.
Archers say their sport is safe because they shoot down from tree stands, they must be precise to succeed, and they rarely shoot more than 20 yards.
"I think Joe Brooks is way out of line. He doesn't know what he is talking about," said Steve Sneed Jr., a bowman who has hunted deer for years in wooded areas off Old Gun Road. "A typical bowhunter doesn't take a shot unless he has a clear shot and knows what he is shooting at."
Last year, about 50 homeowners in the South Side community of Traylor Estates asked archers to take out deer that were destroying their gardens. The hunters killed about 13 deer, according to residents.
"They are eating anything that is green," said Shirley Callahan, who lives off Traylor Drive and has lost hundreds of dollars in landscaping to deer.