It’s been a cold weekend but an eventful one for hunters taking part in the fourth annual archery deer hunt at the Springfield Nature Center.
The hunt is an attempt by conservation officials to manage the urban deer population in the city of Springfield. The Missouri Conservation Department says Springfield can have up to quadruple the number of deer considered manageable for the city in terms of resident safety and deer health.
The hunters will be in deer stands across the nature center property and firing down at the deer, to minimize the distance traveled by the arrows.
Hunters for the event are chosen through random drawing.
The Nature Center has been closed to the public since Saturday for the hunt but will reopen all trails starting Tuesday.