SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Springfield residents will be able to hunt deer inside city limits, with several restrictions.

The city council voted to allow hunting with bows and arrows on private property at least two acres in size, with consent of the property owners.

The bill also includes a 450-foot buffer zone near churches, schools and outdoor playgrounds.

The Springfield News-Leader reports Councilman Craig Fishel pushed the hunt, saying his constituents had complained about damage from deer. The Missouri Department of Conservation says the deer population in southern Springfield is four times larger than desirable.

The council rejected several amendments that would have added more restrictions to the hunt.


Information from: Springfield News-Leader, www.news-leader.com