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Hudson -- With the blessing of three land management agencies, City Council may allow bow hunters on the former Youth Development Center property to hunt deer.
Council could vote on legislation in August after three readings of the proposed legislation.
The city manager did not recommend bow hunting on the Hines Hill Road property in 2013 because city officials did not have time to seek permission from the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, which controls the uses on 76 acres of the 135 acres on the south side of the road where hunting was proposed. Summit Metro manages park land, 293 acres north of Hines Hill Road, which will not be open for hunting.
Director of Public Works Frank Comeriato received three letters at the end of 2013 granting permission to hunt on the property.
The Western Land Conservancy stated it "does not object to hunting on the conservation easement property or land adjacent to the conservation easement property so long as the terms of the conservation easement are upheld."
Metro Parks, Serving Summit County wrote it "approves of public archery on the former Cleveland Youth Development Center (south side of Hines Hill Road) for the purpose of managing deer populations and health. All local and state hunting laws must be followed."
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which manages hunting in the state, supported hunting and said it "believes that hunting within city limits not only helps reduce potential nuisance situations but also provides a recreational opportunity within the city."
Comeriato said six to seven hunters would be allowed to hunt on the city-owned property after obtaining permission and would follow the rules established by the city in 2011 when Council approved deer hunting within city limits with bows and crossbows.
City Council approved deer hunting to reduce the problems caused by deer overpopulation, including vehicle-deer collisions and damage to property.
Deer hunting permit application packets can be obtained at the Hudson Police Station, 36 S. Oviatt St., or online at www.hudson.oh.us.
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