Bow Hunting Proposal
6:00 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Hunting Deer on Macomb-Owned Property

There could soon be another place to hunt deer in western Illinois

The city of Macomb and the Macomb Park District are talking about allowing the activity on the city property around Spring Lake.  People would only be allowed to bow hunt – no guns would be allowed.

Aldermen did not take a vote on the matter during this week’s Committee of the Whole meeting but several did indicate support for the general idea.

“I think it’s a good idea, especially if we give priority or exclusivity to Macomb residents. I think it’s a great use of that piece of property,” said First Ward Alderman Ryan Hansen.

The city council discussion

Fifth Ward Alderman Clay Hinderliter served on a subcommittee that worked to come up with a plan.  He thinks an ordinance could reduce or eliminate poaching that he said happens at Spring Lake.

“During the regular firearm season, when the first shots are fired all the deer run to the reservoir property,” Hinderliter said. “They were sort of kind of safe there until the poachers who don’t follow anybody’s rules decided they would partake.”

He said bow hunting would be the best option for the site and for those who live in the area. 

Hunting would not be allowed near the mountain bike paths at Spring Lake.

Mayor Mike Inman said the city will encourage the park district to come up with a plan and submit it to aldermen for review within 30 days.

Bow hunting could begin at Spring Lake as soon as this autumn.