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Mentor City Council Votes To Legalize Bow Hunting Of Deer

Council Members Robert Shiner and Carolyn Bucey vote against majority

A 5-2 majority of City Council voted for an ordinance that legalized bow hunting of deer in Mentor

The vote occurred during a City Council meeting Tuesday night at .

The ordinance says:

  • long bow, crossbow and compact bow hunting of white-tailed deer is legal in Mentor during the appropriate state-sanctioned hunting season. No firearms will be permitted.
  • hunting will only be allowed on parcels of five acres or larger or a combination of no more than three adjacent properties that aren't separated by a public roadway and are five or more acres.
  • hunters must have all necessary state permits, as well as a city permit issued by the chief of Mentor Police Department.
  • hunters must have the permission of the property owners on which they hunt
  • all hunters must agree to hunt only from a fixed, elevated position at least eight feet from the ground
  • no hunting shall occur within 100 feet of a property line, driveway or roadway
  • the first deer harvested by a hunter must be an antlerless deer
  • any hunter who kills a deer, or any other animal, shall report such a kill to the police department within 24 hours

Council Members Carolyn Bucey and Robert Shiner voted against the ordinance.

Bucey said she agreed that the city of Mentor had a problem with deer overpopulation. However, she supported a full-on culling program as opposed to bow hunting.

Bucey noted that Rick Tyler, who oversaw the Cleveland Metroparks' deer culling program before he retired, .

Meanwhile, Shiner said the city should not legalize bow hunting and then institute a broader culling program. If anything, he said, the two should be started simultaneously.

"If you're going to do a plan, you should do it all at once and do it right," he said.

Mentor City Manager Kenneth Filipiak said the city still has every intention of instituting a culling program with sharpshooters.

"," Filipiak said. "Our culling efforts will be focused on public lands where we know we have large herds."

Filipiak had previously for controlling the deer population in Mentor, which included culling.

However, any deer culling program would require a permit from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The city, .

Council Members Janet Dowling, Ray Kirchner, John Krueger, Bruce Landeg and Scott Marn voted for the bow hunting ordinance. All, except Marn, also said they would support a culling program.

Landeg said that deer were overpopulated in the area.

"It's not healthy what we're seeing out there," he said.

Krueger took umbrage when Shiner said the ordinance was "a political ploy."

"I don't think the issue is political in nature," Krueger said. "I think it's a problem the city has had for awhile."

Dowling said that almost all the residents she has heard from on the issue want something done to curtail the deer population.

"I realize it's not an answer to the problem but it is a step further," she said.

Marn voted for the bow hunting ordinance. However, he also said he had some concerns regarding the potential price tag on a culling program. Marn said the city of Solon pays about $500 for each deer culled and spends $150,000 per year.

Mentor resident Dan Welker attended the meeting and said he had some concerns about bow hunting.

He said the pain the arrows caused the deer was inhumane. Furthermore, most deer would flee after being struck and be injured for minutes, hours, days and maybe even weeks before they died, he said.

"I understand there's a problem in Mentor with deer," Welker said. "There's too many of them but I think legislation allowing bow hunting is not required in Mentor -- not in an urban area. We just don't have enough space."

Leocadia Sigl September 05, 2012 at 01:27 PM
I'm appalled about the Bow Hunting,that is just too cruel.A couple weeks ago Police approached me at my house,I live on an Acre,because I was shooting a cheap Paintball gun at the ground to scare away about 20 geese that were fighting in my yard,and that it was totally wrong,I don't think so,its the only thing that scares them off.Now I have to think about Beautiful deer being shot with a bow,and the suffering they will endure,shame on all the ones that agreed to have it done,they are Heartless.
Nick Stockhaus September 05, 2012 at 11:28 PM
I'm pretty sure a good shot to the vitals is much more humane than other natural options, including but not limited to: 1) Being mauled and eaten by a predator (which SHOULD be happening but cannot these days) 2) Dying slowly of starvation due to overpopulation 3) Dying slowly (or quickly) from disease, due to overpopulation 4) Being hit by a vehicle and mangled for the rest of it's life 5) Being hit by a vehicle and dying slowly on the side of the road 6) Getting stuck in somebody's pool and drowning 7) etc. They key here is hunter education. If you don't take a bad shot the chances are pretty good that the deer will die relatively quickly, and probably without an abundance of pain (compared to other "natural" causes of death). *MOST* bow hunters that I have encountered are quite proficient with their weapon and will only take shots as good shots are presented. That is unfortunately not always the case, but again this is where hunter education is key.
Nick Stockhaus September 05, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I especially like that they added the clause requiring the taking of a doe as your first deer. This should help to prevent antler hunters from going out after the big boys, which is typically when a hunter might get the buck fever and maybe take a not-so-good shot. Meat hunters after doe will strive for a better shot in attempt to not damage good cuts of meat. Lastly I fail to understand why people think it is so inhumane to take game animals. Sure you can go to the local grocery store and purchase beef pumped full or growth hormones, or chickens that are forced to live in cages not bigger than themselves, with beaks removed as they mature...but it IS natural for man to sit out in the woods and to hunt deer for food. We have been doing it since before cows ever roamed this land! Overall this is pretty well thought out and I say Kudos to Mentor for doing something right.
dave September 06, 2012 at 10:23 PM
I agree it is far more humane for the deer than starving.I would have liked to see the city open up the wooded area in the headlands along the marsh to a controlled permit hunt.if the city charged 5 or 10 bucks for a two week one deer permit they would make a little money and a lot more hunters would be given an opportunity to bag a deer. They could break the tract into 4 or5 zones for safety.there is also a large area where the old lake road eroded near the marina.
scott bricker September 11, 2012 at 03:08 PM
After Mentor cut down all the Woods back in the late 80s and early 90s and now have Deer everywhere running around.. yeah sure Kill the Deer... It's stupid I think.. There are Deer everywhere cause we did that. How about we just leave them alone
Ryan Lester September 11, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Legalizing deer hunting in mentor is pointless if the landowners are not behind this. Good luck finding someone to give anyone permission to hunt in mentor.
Matt September 13, 2012 at 12:06 PM
SCOTT...FYI In 1970 there were 17,000 whitetails in Ohio. Today there are 750,000. Development has nothing to do with the overpopulation. They have no predators other then automobiles.
Michelle September 13, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Deer overpopulation affects an entire ecosystem from the ground up. It's not just about deer. It's about keeping your land as healthy as possible for the future generations of people and wildlife. Humans have gotten us to this place of high populations and erradicated large preditors. We're now it as far as a solution. Please edcuate yourselves on this matter and leave the best Mentor you can for the future. Best wishes for a successful program.
Adam Vanek November 13, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I have all every thing I need according to the city of mentor except permission to hunt. I have passed the bow hunting shooting test. If you feel that you have problems with deer and would like me to come take a look my number is 330 235 2591 just ask for Adam. Thank you
Mary E. Kobistek January 23, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Bow hunting is cruel and inhumane. The heartless "murderers" that call themselves hunters don't care about the suffering of a harmless deer. They lay in wait hiding to kill. Small minded idiots that get their jollies off of surpriising and killing a deer just standing there is just so sick. I thought the parks protected and preserved wildlife. Not anymore. You will NEVER hunt on my property.

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