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Possibility of Hunting at Bender Park Draws Concern

County Supervisor Pat Jursik says many residents have asked the county to add land to Bender Park through different means.

Many residents have expressed concern about the possibility of hunting and trapping on new land at Bender Park, County Supervisor Pat Jursik wrote in her monthly newsletter.

A nonprofit organization wants to acquire 95 acres near the park through the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and then transfer the land to the county for incorporation into Bender Park.

Under the rules of the Knowles-Nelson program, the land must be open for hunting and trapping. This isn't something allowed under Milwaukee County ordinances, but officials are considering changing the ordinances to allow for limited hunting and trapping at Bender Park.

Jursik said constituents have asked the county to acquire the land in a different way. The worry is that it would be difficult to enforce regulations and permits, that 95 acres is too small to allow hunting and trapping and that the safety of other park users could be jeopardized, she said.

The Parks Department will hold a public hearing on the issue, though a date has not yet been set.

Interim Parks Director Jim Keegan has said that only bow hunting would be allowed and no more than two hunters per 40 acres would be permitted at any given time.

County officials also said in a report that the parcels "are a high priority for acquisition for the (parks department) due in part to their value as a means to protect the natural resources in Bender Park."

Also in the newsletter, Jursik discusses the proposal to cut county supervisors' pay, the future of the Downtown Transit Center, the House of Correction in Franklin and other county issues.

Keith Sobczak February 04, 2013 at 04:45 AM
With the usual bow hunting season running from September to January and the limited range arrows travel I don't think there would be a conflict with other users. Bowhunters are the some of the most ethical and careful hunters around.
vocal local 1 February 04, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Bow hunting in Bender is an accident waiting to happen. An arrow can travel 300-400 yards. Killing distance of about 70 yards. I don't care how careful the hunters are, accidents can and do happen. The parcels in question are relatively flat terrain with limited back drop. Plus, the animal population is way down. There is a small herd of about eight deer that get separated frequently. DNR should have the count. My suggestion is that the county and city apply for the grant on the basis of insect hunting and trapping. ENTOMOLOGY. No where in the grant does it specify hunting of mammals as specific criteria. "wildlife or nature observation, and nature study is listed as other activities as qualifiers.
Charlie February 05, 2013 at 03:09 AM
Most bowhunters use tree stands which would mean the arrows would be going at an angle into the ground well before 70yds.Also most hunters do not take any shots farther than 30-40yds.Arrows: This chart shows an arrow traveling 270 f.p.s. compared to the speed of projectiles of other hunting methods. The hand-drawn, hand-held and handreleased bow and arrow is a low velocity, high-trajectory, short-range system. Arrow Trajectory How far do arrows travel? This graph shows bullet trajectory of the modern rifle and arrow trajectory of the modern bow. The bullet will travel to 100 yards with very little drop in trajectory. Even a very fast arrow has a pronounced trajectory arc, therefore yardage estimation is very critical to archery. The graph above compares the trajectory of an arrow and a bullet. Note the arrow dropped 114" at 50 - 60 yards. The information on this page came from Martin Archery, Inc. in conjunction with Norb Mullaney, Professional Engineer & Director of Bow Testing http://www.safebackyards.com/ArrowSpeedDistance.pdf

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