Bowhunters Prepare For Annual Urban Stalk

By KBJR News 1

September 15, 2010 Updated Sep 15, 2010 at 11:08 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN --- This Saturday morning, a select number of hunters will have the chance to thin Duluth's urban deer herd.

The 6th annual hunt is sanctioned by the city of Duluth and organized by the Arrowhead Bowhunter's Alliance.

Many hunters say it has an important purpose.

Just ask hunting fanatic Drew Frielund, who practices daily in his backyard at the top of 9th Street West.

"I typically will shoot year–round, practicing with my bow, so that I'm prepared for any situation that arises," said Frielund.

Frielund is part of a record number of bow–hunters taking to parks and private property in the City of Duluth.

Some call it urban hunting; but for the city, it's a service that 325 hunters are eager to perform each year. According to Kevin Scharnberg, Duluth's bowhunting coordinator, this year is a record.

"I get a lot of calls from people who say, 'Please come out and eliminate a few deer in my neighborhood," said Scharnberg.

That's because most city neighborhoods are prime habitat for deer.

Minnesota's D–N–R estimates the city of Duluth has up to 2,500 white–tail deer roaming neighborhoods, and ravaging gardens.
Some say they make great targets for cars too.

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