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Published September 16, 2013, 08:13 PM

In-city hunting risks push some hunters away

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We've all seen them: Deer, turkeys, skunks; but imagine them roaming through your backyard, eating from your garden and stomping on your flowers.

By: Rebecca Lebak, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We've all seen them: Deer, turkeys, skunks; but imagine them roaming through your backyard, eating from your garden and stomping on your flowers.

To keep this under control, the city of Fargo allows "in-city" hunting every fall to fight the population within city limits, but not all hunters think it's a good idea.

Jeremy Prien- Hunter: "I love hunting. I go all the time."

Jeremy Prien has been an active hunter in the Red River Valley for years. When he first heard of in-city hunting, he thought it was a great idea.

Prien: "Coming into Fargo to hunt is a lot easier than going 50 miles out of town to hunt."

Until he heard of the regulations, fines for missing arrows and risks hard to take…

Lt. Gene Anderson- Fargo Police: "Whether that's an arrow, hunting from the ground rather than an elevated stand, hunting too close to a residence: Any of those could be a violation of an infraction of that $500 penalty."

Prien: “Didn't feel like it was worth something bad happening."

The in-city hunt program was first thought of in 2005 when residents in North Fargo were getting mad about all the deer and turkeys in their yards, but as for the likelihood of something bad happening, Gene Anderson with the Fargo Police says it’s slim to none.

Anderson: "In the eight years we've been doing this, the participants have been very ethical, dedicated archers. They follow all the rules. We have had virtually no complaints from the public."

So while there are risks of hunting in city limits and some choose to not do it, the ones who do say it's for one reason.

Brian Zastoupil- In-city Hunter: "Your goal is to really manage the population without the citizens even knowing you’re out there. That's where bow hunting and population really come. It's a good marriage."

The in-city hunt is split up into zones. The North zone is roughly from 19th Ave. N. to 35th Ave. N. and the South zone includes Lemke Park, 32 Ave. S., Harwood Drive area and Conservancy Park.

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