City requests 100 deer kill
Published: Thursday, November 29th, 2012
The City of Custer has requested to kill 100 deer within city limits this year, city community development director Rex Harris told the city council at its Nov. 19 meeting.
Harris said he filed the request with South Dakota Game, Fish &âï¿½ï¿½Parks (GF&P). The 100 requested is double what the city requested last year, although Harris said the majority of those deer, if the request is approved, would be taken from Rocky Knolls Golf Course, where there is a herd of 100 to 200 deer that have caused $30,000 in damage.
Harris said the shooters this year plan to focus on older deer, and a request was made to GF&P to allow shooters to take some of the smaller bucks out. Talks are ongoing with GF&P to allow an in-town archery season to supplement the city’s thinning program.
Toward the end of the meeting, city resident Ellen Conroy asked if she could speak to the council, saying she wanted to give an update on what she thought was unscrupulous behavior by Hot Springs Citizens for Progress, a nonprofit organization headed up by part-time Custer resident Robert Johnson. Hot Springs Citizens for Progress bills itself as “stewarts (sic) of the past and wish to save historical Midwest buildings and homes in danger of being lost forever.”
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