Photo courtesy of the city of Fergus Falls: Archery deer hunting under the city's special permit will be allowed in four areas.

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City hunt registration open [UPDATED]

Published 10:47am Wednesday, August 8, 2012 Updated 10:47am Wednesday, August 8, 2012

With the Fergus Falls City Council’s approval of the in-city archery deer hunt for 2012 on Monday night, hunt registration is now open. The Fergus Falls Police Department has already been receiving applications.

To qualify for the hunt, applicants must be city residents and fill out a short registration form between now and Aug. 20 (the police department must receive the registration by 4:30 p.m.) Once the applications are all in, the department will select 10 hunters and a couple of alternates by lottery, likely notifying those selected within a few days of the registration deadline.

After that, the city will set up times for an informational meeting, a safety meeting and a proficiency test, which will require hunters to shoot five out of six arrows in an elevated, nine-inch target from a distance of 20 yards. Hunters who pass that test must then sign a form agreeing to all of the city’s hunting rules (available from the police department) and then select their preferred hunting site out of the four city-owned locations available: the old Norgren property, the Kennedy Park water treatment plant site, the water treatment plant site south of County Highway 1 and the city property west of International Drive.

In addition to city rules meant to promote safety, the hunters must follow all DNR rules involving archery hunts. The hunt is not a bonus hunt, so hunters cannot take more deer than allowed by their DNR hunting permits.

Registration is free, but if those selected for an in-city permit must pay a $40 fee.

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