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High deer populations in suburban areas are not only a nuisance for local gardeners, but also a hazard for drivers in danger of deer-vehicle collisions. While the Missouri Department of Conservation suggests several ways to deter deer, including fencing and repellents, it advises that hunting is the most effective way to control local deer population. By allowing bow hunters on your land and encouraging them to hunt antlerless deer, the local deer population can be reduced.
As the deer population rises within Creve Coeur, the City is considering ways to improve deer mitigation policies currently in place. After speaking with local bow hunters and reviewing laws in nearby cities, the Police Department has made several suggestions, such as reducing the liability insurance requirement and working with local institutions to allow controlled hunts near their property.
In Missouri, bow hunting season runs from September 15–November 9, 2018 and November 21–January 15, 2019. Prior to hunting activity, anyone interested in bow hunting must notify the Creve Coeur Police Department of his or her intent to hunt by completing the “Notification of Intent to Hunt Form.”
What You Can Do to Help
More information is available at www.crevecoeurmo.gov/Deer.