The Ottumwa Courier

December 12, 2013

Fairfield to host In-City Deer Hunt trials

Courier sports staff
Ottumwa Courier

---- — FAIRFIELD — The city of Fairfield will be allowing a trial in city deer hunting over a two-weekend stretch. The first weekend hunters will be allowed to hunt deer within city limits will be Dec. 28-29. The second weekend will be Jan. 4-5.

Anyone interested in taking part in this trial hunt must first fill out an application for a deer hunting permit. These applications can be picked up at the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Center at 1200 West Grimes Avenue in Fairfield.

In order to fill out the permit application, make sure to provide a driver's license and an Iowa hunting license. Applications must be entered to the Fairfield Police Department no later than Monday.

Once all applications are turned in, 12 hunters will be selected to take part in the trial hunt. The plan is to get as many people as possible involved in the hunt.

There are three small area within the city limits to hunt with expectation of having two hunters placed in each of those areas. Six hunters will be chosen to hunt the first weekend and another six will be chosen to hunt on the second weekend.

Once all 12 hunters have been selected, those hunters will be notified and will have until Dec. 23 to take their proficiency test and return it to the Police Department. A mandatory meeting will be held at the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Center on Dec. 26 for all the hunters selected. During the meeting, each hunter's location will be provided and the in-city hunting rules will be reviewed. This will provide hunters the opportunity to place stands in their hunting area on Dec. 27.

For any further questions, please contact Lieutenant Colin Smith at (641) 472-4346.