Cape Girardeau, Missouri voters repeal urban deer hunting ordinance


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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Voters in one Missouri city repealed Cape Girardeau, Missouri's urban deer hunting ordinance.

The question on the ballot asked if the practice should be allowed within the city limits.

1,485 voted to repeal the ordinance, while 1,279 voted to keep the ordinance.

The now-defeated ordinance allowed hunters to hunt deer with a bow and error within the city limits.  Leaders designed it to control the deer population.

Earlier story:

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Voters in one Missouri city found out Tuesday 'yes' actually means 'no'.

Some residents in Cape Girardeau call it a confusing question and hope voters understand how they are voting when they cast their ballots in the local election.

The question is about urban deer hunting, and the problem is how the question is worded.  At issue:  whether to allow people within the Cape Girardeau city limits to hunt deer with a bow and arrow.

Residents agree the city is overrun with deer, but they disagree on what to do about it.

Last year, the city passed an ordinance allowing urban deer hunting but opponents gathered signatures and petitioned to put the issue on the ballot.  Tuesday, voters voted yes if they want to repeal the urban deer ordinance or no if they want to keep it.

County Clerk Kara Clark Summers says even with a controversial question on the ballot, Tuesday's turnout was disappointing.

"I thought about 15 percent, now I'm thinking less than that, maybe ten to 12 percent county wide," Summers says.

As for the wording, she thinks voters understand the question.