Public hearing on deer hunting in town Oct. 28
The Fairfield City Council agreed to hold a public hearing on an amendment to an ordinance that would allow bowhunting of deer in select parts of town.
The public hearing will be at the council’s next meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 28.
The vote was 6-1 in favor of holding the public hearing. John Revolinski voted against the motion. After the vote, a councilor asked Revolinski why he voted against a public hearing, and he responded by saying he did not want to get into the matter.
If approved, hunting would occur on three properties in town, two on the south side near the baseball field by the middle school and another on the west side between Jefferson County Park and the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
The hunt will be conducted on two weekends, one in late December and the other in early January when Fairfield schools will not be in session because of Christmas break.
The hunt will consist of a team of four to five bow hunters who will be required to pass an archery skills test. They will also be required to hunt from stands in a tree to ensure their arrows travel at a downward angle.
Only bows will be allowed on the hunt.
Amendments to ordinances must go through three readings by the city council, unless the council votes to waive one or two of the readings.