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Md. lawmaker wants to let archer hunters shoot bows at deer closer to occupied homes

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. -

D.C. metro area governments are taking more aggressive measures to cull the growing deer population, and now one Maryland state delegate is proposing shrinking the safety zone around buildings for bow hunters.

Del. Eric Luedtke wants to let hunters use bows to kill deer 50 yards away from an occupied home, church or other building, instead of the currently permitted 150 yards.

Carroll and Frederick County already allow bow hunting at the 50 yard distance. Most of the state of Maryland has a 150 yard safety zone, but Montgomery County has a growing deer population that is causing an estimated 20,000 accidents a year on the roads.

Rob Gibbs, Chairman of Montgomery County's Deer Management Work Group, says something must be done. He says the county has been holding managed deer hunts in area parks since 1995, but the hunts are expanding. He says officials are considering a plan to let police with high-powered rifles shoot deer inside Cabin John Regional Park early next year.

Some critics of deer kills say it would be more human to sterilize the deer by tranquilizing female deer and removing the doe's ovaries.


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