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Gun, Bow Hunting Allowed in Avon Lake?

Meeting Thursday night is first to discuss amendments to city's current "no hunting" law to allow gun, bow hunting.

Draft legislation expected to be discussed at a meeting Thursday, Nov. 15, would allow deer hunting by firearm in 2013-14 if the legislation is approved. The ordinance is part of the city’s deer management program.

The legislation, drafted by Councilman Rob James, proposes that Ordinance 618.12, which currently prohibits hunting with firearms or “other weapons” in Avon Lake be amended. The draft says by the end of 2013-14, the director of public safety, the position currently held by the acting mayor, can declare hunting season of white-tailed deer by ODNR employees.

Click here to see proposed draft ordinance

The ordinance allows the Safety Director to develop and implement a deer management plan directing the Avon Lake Police Department or qualified employees of the City of Avon Lake to hunt white-tailed deer with firearms on any property owned by the City of Avon Lake along the Avon Lake Police Department or other qualified employees of the city to hunt white-tailed deer with firearms.

Avon Lake Police Chief David Owad said he would obey the law, if it were enacted, but noted that safety was imperative.

“If council passes this, it becomes law,” Owad said. “If directed by the Safety Director, we will fulfill our obligations under the law. If we’re directed, we’ll do it with safety being the primary concern.”

He added it would be “very premature” to make comments about how it would be enforced.

“I haven’t talked to the Safety Director and what he wants yet.”

Hunting with firearms would be permitted on city-owned property only, more than 5 acres in size.

Bow hunting Could Also Be Legal

The draft ordinance also allows for bow hunting, with a permit issued by the Safety Director.

Changes to the ordinance include:

  • The applicant uses no firearms or other weapons except a bow and arrow, longbow, compound bow or crossbow.
  • Hunting on private property is permitted with the property owners’ permission.
  • If a deer is wounded, a hunter is not permitted to follow the deer onto another person’s property to pursue a wounded or killed deer unless the hunter has written permission to hunt or pursue the deer on that property.
  • Hunting is only permitted on 5+–acre parcels, but the ordinance allows for hunting on a  “combination of no more than three contiguous properties, not separated by a public roadway, that in combination are equal to or greater than five (5) acres.”
  • Bow hunters must agree to hunt only from a fixed, elevated position at least ten (10) feet off the ground.
  • Killed deer must be reported to the Avon Lake Police Department within 24 hours

 If approved as is, the legislation would allow bow hunting out of season. Stipulations apply, including:

  • The owner of the property where hunting will take place has obtained a deer damage permit from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife.
  • The location where the hunting will take place is a minimum of five (5) contiguous acres of wooded or undeveloped property from a height of at least 10 feet.
  • Adjacent property owners must be notified in advance.

Read the proposed draft ordinance here.

The proposal also recommends developing, in coordination with a university or research institute, a proposal which outlines a scientific research project and seek permission from the state to use contraceptives for scientific research on white-tailed deer within the municipality, and implement such contraceptive research project upon receipt of permission by the state.

Niether Zilka nor James were available for comment by publication.

The joint Environmental/Safety Committee Meeting is Nov. 15 in Council Chambers starting at 5:45 p.m. The meeting is a first step in discussing the amended ordinance.

Currently, hunting in Avon Lake is a third-degree misdemeanor.

Robert Feyes November 14, 2012 at 11:34 PM
some people are not happy until their killing something. there are other solutions to this problem, you just don't care to pursue them. what are you going to do when the first child takes a bullet or an arrow? the no hunting law was put into effect for a reason and should be enforced not changed.
Lori E. Switaj November 14, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Thanks for your comments Robert. Love to hear the thoughts of other residents for or against.
Bill Conners November 14, 2012 at 11:49 PM
the link is dead to the draft. And as someone who hunted when i was younger obviously it can't mean rifles i hope. Even with slugs the potential to hurt someone with all the homes around is high. You know how far the bullets can go with a rifle? Bow hunting is the only way that should be allowed and only by experienced bow hunters who have proven experience with kills before. I really don't want an idiot shooting a civilian.
Lori E. Switaj November 15, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Hi Bill, the link appears ok... please let me know if there is still a problem. It is the entire draft.
Hired Trigger November 15, 2012 at 01:15 AM
10 feet high for bow? and not for firearm? silly. why? Contraceptives for deer have been tried elsewhere in the US in the past, at the behest of the anti-hunters, as well as helicopter air lifts, all being dismal failures. Contraceptives as a method to control deer populations now is just the extremist animal organizations attempting to fool the uninformed that there are cost-effective or even effective alternatives to "hunting" or taking the wildlife by hunters regardless of whether it is a barrel-shoot or not. It has always worked out to be even more cost-effective than hiring professional snipers/shooters or allowing law enforcement to shoot the nuisance wildlife. It's all well and good to save bambi from the killers, but when those oversize rodents get into the prized rose gardens and vegetable gardens and the Infinity and Acura owning folks find that their mega-buck landscaping is being picked apart by the interlopers, then whisper for the cull all the while doubling up on the peta donations to assuage their guilt...
Bill Conners November 15, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Thanks Lori it is working now. "Hired trigger", being a car guy my visual count in AL are Audi, Mercedes BMW and Lexus as more dominant numbers although i will give you Acura. Your point could have been simply said "Contraceptives don't work". I am ok with the proposal. Actually they can start over by Krebs and Lear they cross south across tracks and make their way across Bradley north of Clemens. I also believe the meat should be donated to a food bank, let's help feed some people this winter!
samantha November 15, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Why doesnt the city offer up hunts? Archery only. The city could sell these hunts for $$$. The city schools and whatever other program would benefit.. The population is out of control. The hunt needs done.
Kristen LePrevost November 15, 2012 at 04:04 PM
I don't have an opinion the how they deal with the problem but it IS a serious problem...I live in AL with a creek behind my house...I come closing to hitting dear while driving at least a few times a week...it's a very real and dangerous problem. Also many of the deer don't seem very healthy so obviously the overcrowding is a huge problem for the animals as well.

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