Creve Coeur To Allow Bowhunting For Deer

City Council members also approved an ordinance Monday to prohibit feeding deer

On the same night their neighbors in to thin the nuisance deer population there, city council members gave final approval to ordinances approving a no feed law and a plan that would legalize bowhunting deer within city limits.

The decision caps a process years in the making, one that picked up steam within the last year, , and came not because of damaged property, Ward 2 Councilwoman Tara Nealey said Monday, but because of an increased threat to public safety.

The bowhunting concept still met with some opposition. Resident Carol Costigan rose in public comment and said "I don't like being in the killing business." She added that she has successfully fended off deer from her garden by using dog hair. Ward 1 Councilwoman Beth Kistner said she went with her gut by deciding it wasn't right for suburban neighborhoods. "I understand the logic behind it," she said, but added, "for all the good it might do, I'm just afraid what could go wrong." She was joined by Ward 2 Councilman AJ Wang in opposing bowhunting in a 5-2 vote. Ward 4 Councilwoman Jeanne Rhoades was absent.

About the Ordinance

  • Hunters will receive training either provided by or approved by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
  • Hunters must have written permission from the property owner.
  • Contiguous land owners must be notified prior to any hunt.
  • Prohibitions:
  • a. It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge any archery device across any street, sidewalk, road, highway or playground.
    b. It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge an archery device, at or in the direction of any person, vehicle, dwelling, house, church, school, playground or building that is within the range of discharge including a safety margin of at least seventy-five (75) feet.
    c. It shall be unlawful any person to discharge an archery device, within one hundred fifty (150) yards of any church, school, or playground. It shall be unlawful for any person to discharge an archery device, within thirty (30) yards of any dwelling, building, structure, or vehicle, unless the hunter has previously received express authority to discharge the archery device within thirty (30) yards from the owner of the dwelling, building, structure, or vehicle.



Council members unanimously endorsed final passage of an ordinance which bans "supplemental feeding" of deer. According to the language of the law,  "Unless otherwise expressly permitted by law, no person shall deposit, place, distribute or leave any fruit, grain, hay, vegetable, mineral, salt, or other food, of any kind or nature, with the intent to attract or feed white-tailed deer on public or private lands."

The ordinance will be a complaint-based system. City officials will issue a written warning for the first violation.

Gregg Palermo October 11, 2011 at 03:53 PM
Just to be clear, the bowhunting has to be on at least 1 acre of contiguous property, meaning a group of neigbhors could band together if their lot size wasn't big enough. One person on a smaller tract couldn't decide that they were going to have a bowhunt.
Lou Salamone December 27, 2011 at 03:39 AM
Suburban Bowhunters worked with Creve Coeur to get the ordinance passed and are the best qualified to work in the area. www.suburbanbowhunters.com 314-393-2195
Din Joliwa January 12, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Driving down Ladue Road in western Creve Coeur one night last Spring I saw a brief flash in my peripheral vison and a tenth of a second later something crashed into the driver's side door of my car. I stopped and found nothing--no blood, no animal---except for a prodigious dent in the door and the left front panel above the wheel well. There were sprigs of coarse brown hair caught in the cracks of the metal and the side of the car was smeared with green grass stain. It cost $3800 to repair the car. The next morning I searched the area for any trace of the deer without success. I now slow down to about half the speed limit on that section of Ladue Road at night, much to the chagrin of other drivers. I see deer along the road all the time, but the deer that ran into my car was not visible untill a few milliseconds before the impact. We have put up with deer eating our shrubs and garden for 35 years and enjoy watching them from our house; but, after feeling the force of the deer hitting my car I am now in the camp of harvesting the animals. If we could afford to capture then and move them to a wilderness area that might be preferable, but maybe they should be harvested here since they will be likely hunted for meat wherever they are placed.


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