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Barb Fleming brought an arrow she found in her yard to show Woodbury City Council the direction hunters shoot deer, and how dangerous it can be. (Staff photo by Riham Feshir)

Council OKs map that continues to allow hunting in Woodbury

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Council OKs map that continues to allow hunting in Woodbury
Woodbury Minnesota 8420 City Centre Drive 55125

A new regulatory map that allows hunting in Woodbury with landowner permission has been approved.

Woodbury City Council OK’d a revised hunting map at last Wednesday’s meeting, with a few changes from a version reviewed in May.

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The changes include restricting hunting in areas that will be developed as part of Phase 2B, west of Woodbury Drive and south of Dale Road, as opposed to completely closing them off.

Updates were a result of a discussion the council had in a May workshop session, where avid hunters said it didn’t make sense to completely close off the area when development wasn’t expected to begin until next year.

The map highlights parcels where hunting is either open, closed or restricted, which means it’s allowed with landowner permission.

Four residents spoke at the City Council meeting Wednesday, June 25, saying those restricted areas are still too close to their properties.

Barb Fleming brought an arrow she found in her yard to show the direction hunters shoot deer, and how dangerous it can be.

“That’s not why we live out there, for hunting,” she said. “It’s very scary now to allow that.”

The council previously discussed the hunting map where public safety officials said they didn’t have legal grounds to restrict hunting in open areas that won’t have development activity for quite some time.

The council approved the map as part of the consent agenda, without discussion.

Council Member Paul Rebholz said the city has had extensive discussion on the matter over the past several months, which is why no further dialogue took place last week.

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Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.
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