Missouri: Deer Hunts Coming to St. Louis County Parks This Fall

Deer Hunting

CLAYTON — Deer hunts are coming to St. Louis County parks this fall, as legislation passed by the County Council became law on Dec. 26 without a signature from the county executive.

The County Council on Dec. 10 voted 5-2 to allow the state Department of Conservation to hold archery hunts of deer at county parks. The first hunt would be this fall. The deer season for bow hunters in Missouri begins in mid-September.

County Executive Sam Page allowed the bill to become an ordinance by not signing it within 15 days. As a member of the council, Page had previously opposed a similar measure.

Vetoing the bill would have put Page in the awkward position of forcing a council vote to override the veto. That was common under his predecessor, Steve Stenger, but has not happened since he took office April 29.

“I respect the will of the council,” Page said in a statement.

The proposal, by council members Tim Fitch, R-3rd District, and Mark Harder, R-7th District, would allow the state Department of Conservation to hold archery hunts of deer at county parks. Each scheduled hunt would still be subject to county approval. Under the legislation, council members can block hunts in their district if they don’t want them.

“We received so many calls about the overabundance of deer from constituents and municipal leaders that we had to do something,” Harder said in a statement.

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