CITY DEER: Might hunting be a way to thin the herd in Little Rock? Credit: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

City Manager Bruce Moore has distributed to the City Board ways in which the city could allow bow hunting of deer in the city limits to reduce the deer population.

The outline was requested at an April city board meeting.

The three basic options: 1) change ordinance to allow bow hunting in the city; 2) a “hunt club” format, with a set number of tags in a defined period; and 3) a cooperative program with the Game and Fish Commission and the Arkansas Bowhunters Association in which trained hunters could get a permit and an unlimited bag limit.


A handful of cities participate in Game and Fish urban deer management programs.

Here’s the full rundown. The staff makes no recommendation, other than to say there are “positives and negatives.” A Game and Fish staffer would be prepared to make a presentation if asked.

I happen to live across the street from one of the city’s best deer woods, the waterworks property below its treatment plant in Knoop Park.  They forage occasionally in my yard. So, yes, I’m mindful of potential negatives.