Tuesday, March 4, 2014 — After hearing several citizens speak both for and against archery hunting within the city limits, the Albemarle City Council approved opening an Urban Archery Season from Jan. 11- Feb. 15.
The UAS ran 4 in favor, 2 against. Councilors Troy Alexander and Martha Sue Hall were opposed. Councilor Chris Whitley was not present for the vote.
Those who voted against the motion, though, were not opposed to having a UAS. Rather they were opposed to the length of the season.
Both Alexander and Hall wished to see the season extended through regular deer hunting season, form Sept. 9 to Jan. 1, as well.
Councilor Troy Alexander said his primary reason for supporting a longer season was the number of deer-related accidents within the city limits.
Mike Macomson, who originally asked the council to consider adopting a UAS, said statistics he received from the Albemarle Police Department indicated that there were 63 deer related accidents in the city during 2013.
“This has gotten to be a real problem in the city,” Alexander said.
Hall said she would like to see a longer season also because North Carolina’s rapidly growing deer population is becoming a problem across the state as well.
“I have a son who’s a wildlife officer,” she said.
“I know what kind of numbers we’re looking at here and I know for a fact it’s a huge issue for them.”
Ken Knight of the N.C. Wildlife Commission agreed. He told the council that population explosion was due to a lack of natural predators in the state.
“The top two things that kill deer are hunters and cars,” he said.
“If they’re not shot by hunters, than cars get them.”
However, other citizens still felt the UAS did not have a place in the city.
Colleen Conroy said one of the reasons she lives in the city is so she doesn’t have to be around hunting.