Forest Preserve Hunting Vote

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Hunters taking aim at deer in the Winnebago County Forest Preserves. That idea has been tossed around for years. The debate came to a head as members of the county's executive Forest Preserve Committee made a final decision Wednesday night. They decided against it, because they already have a program in place to control the population of deer.

The Forest Preserve District hired professional sharpshooters to trim the herd. It's part of the district's management program to control the population. Members of the Forest Preserve Committee debated whether they wanted to allow citizens to hunt in forest preserves as a recreational activity.

The committee voted no, four to three. Some were worried that people walking through our forest preserves might get caught in the cross fire of hunters. But those who voted yes said it would be safe and controlled. One hunter proposed a deer management plan that he says would be more efficient than the current program.

Click on the video link to hear his idea and more on this story.