Hunters to use bows, arrows to thin out deer in Leander



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Posted on August 27, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 27 at 5:40 PM

LEANDER, Texas -- A Leander neighborhood is trying to thin out its deer population, but some neighbor's don't think their plan is safe. The property owners' association in High Gabriel Estates put in a feeder to attract the deer, and next month hunters will be there too, armed with bows and arrows.

Open land, nature, and wildlife are a few of the reasons many choose to call Leander home.

"I see about six to 10 deer every day," said resident Rebecca McGinnis.

McGinnis moved there last fall.

"That's my kitchen window. It's nice to see them out my window," she said.

However the POA says there are too many deer. In a letter to neighbors, the association claims the deer are aggressive and some neighbors have complained.

The letter also cites a survey from Texas Parks and Wildlife that found 114 deer in the area. The maximum that should be there is 20.

"Their plan is all spelled out, but we didn't get a vote on it. We were just told it's happening," McGinnis said.

McGinnis and several other neighbors KVUE spoke to say they understand why the deer need to go, it's the location of this feeder that has them worried.

"I understand that deer, after they're shot, don't die. They can run up to 300 feet, and they can collapse anywhere," McGinnis said.

McGinnis worries about finding one or even an arrow if a hunter misses.

"I don't wanna see that," she said. 

Bow season opens September 28. The board says TPWD will supervise the hunters. Their goal is to remove 40 adult female deer as soon as possible.