Because of complaints from his constituents, Redwood Falls City Councilor Mike Salmon approached the council with a suggestion Tuesday night: Should the city look into sponsoring a deer hunt?
Because of complaints from his constituents, Redwood Falls City Councilor Mike Salmon approached the council with a suggestion Tuesday night: Should the city look into sponsoring a deer hunt? Salmon told the council that conversations with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials indicated the deer population may be at an all-time high, but the DNR is not granting increased doe hunting permits. Add to that the fact that DNR food plots planted for the deer have been flooded out on the north side of town, and area residents and farmers are seeing significantly higher damage in their gardens and fields due to deer. One possibility — perhaps the city could host an archery or black-powder deer hunt next year to bring down the deer population to manageable levels. According to Salmon, New Ulm has sponsored similar hunts for similar reasons, and Redwood Falls could work with New Ulm officials to set up something along those lines. Salmon said if such a hunt were approved, all hunters would be required to prove they had proper training, would have to take proficiency tests, and that all deer stands would be assigned in safe places, most likely on the north side of Ramsey Park. Since it takes time to set up such a deer hunt, Salmon requested the council and city staff start looking in the possibility now for a hunt to happen approximately a year from now. Councilors Salmon and Jim Sandgren agreed to be on the exploratory committee, and the motion was approved. In other city news: • Approved a request from the Redwood Area Chamber and Tourism to use city staff to help set up the streets for the Fall Festival downtown, set for Saturday, Sept. 27. • Approved a request from Chad Barnes for a waiver of subdivision for his property located at 104 Center St. N. to construct a 30x30 foot garage and still meet the required five foot side setback. • Approved the execution of a MNDoT grant to remove obstructions (trees) from the approach to runway five and runway 23 at the Redwood Falls airport.