Overrun with deer, Hallock, Minnesota to start own hunting season

by Ryan Bakken, Grand Forks Herald, DL-Online  |  published on February 15, 2013

Hallock, a town of 960 in northwestern Minnesota, will have its own deer hunting season this fall.

City fathers recently voted to hold a bow-hunting season in an effort to reduce the population of deer inside the city. City staff and City Council members are working on the details, with the state requiring a plan to be in place before May.

“We might have 100 to 150 deer in town,” City Clerk Hank Noel said. “They’re not just in the park or near the (Two Rivers River).

“I see deer tracks in my yard and I live dead center in town. Drivers have hit deer on Highway 75, which runs through the middle of town.”

According to Hallock Police Chief Mike Docken, some deer are semi-tame.

“They run down the streets like cows,” he said. “They’ll get on the berm and then turn around and look at you like they’re saying ‘We know you’re not coming onto the yard after us.’

“I haven’t had anybody yet tell me that a hunt is the wrong thing to do.”

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