The city of Waupaca will begin an Urban Deer Management Plan this year. The city’s common council adopted the plan unanimously at it’s regular monthly meeting last night. The plan was recommended by the council’s ad hoc deer management committee after a survey of the community showed a significant percentage of residents want to see the deer population in the city reduced. The plan includes a managed bow hunt, that could start as early as August first. The city will be working with the DNR for ag permits, which would cost 10 dollars for hunters. Only parcels of at least 10 acres inside the city would be used as part of the managed hunt. City residents should remember that bow and crossbow hunting is already allowed in the city, during the regular fall bow season, with a city permit.
The council last night also approved a Living History event to be held at Swan Park in late August. The event is a bit of a compromise, after the hosting of a Vietnam battle re-enactment was scrapped. Park and Rec Director Aaron Jenson said reaction to a battle re-enactment was both positive and negative, so a decision was made to change the event to more of a living history timeline from World War two to the conflicts in Afghanistan. There will be weapons demonstrations and overnight camping allowed, but no battle re-enactment.