Air Force Will Allow Limited Deer Hunting In Fall
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) _ The Air Force Academy grounds will be opened to limited deer hunting this fall for the first time in 18 years because of a burgeoning deer population and dwindling forage.
Without the hunting season, some of the estimated 1,500 to 2,000 deer could starve to death.
The Oct. 15-Nov. 13 season for antlerless deer will be limited to 80 hunters - 40 from the public and 40 academy personnel, said Tom Seamans, regional state wildlife manager.
Only rifles may be used.
Many of the deer who roam the academy appear to have little fear of people, but while they have been shielded from hunters for nearly two decades, their lives have not been risk-free.
Mike Babler, academy resources officer, said about 100 deer are killed by motorists each year on academy reservation roads and adjoining Interstate 25. In 1986, there were 186 collisions between cars and deer on or near the academy, he said.