Bow hunting will become legal in local village

By Beau Ebenezer

October 15, 2013 Updated Oct 16, 2013 at 11:35 AM CDT

MAPLETON, Ill. -- Bow and arrow hunting will soon be legal in the Village of Mapleton following a tie-breaking vote by the village's mayor.

The decision will allow any owner of five or more acres land to bow hunt on their property.

Before the decision was made, multiple residents addressed their concerns to the village board.

They included safety for children and citizens along with stray deer who have been hit by arrows.

Residents also presented the board with 81 signatures who opposed the new ordinance.

When it came down to the final tie-breaking vote, Mayor Aaron Stone made the final decision and voted for the ordinance.

He said there are no safety concerns to his knowledge, which left many residents outraged.

"It's going to make all of us look at them differently," said Mapleton resident Alice Dailey. "We thought that we presented a good case, and we wanted them to listen to what we had to say. That's what we elected them for. If they don't want to listen to us, then maybe we will never listen to them."

"People are clearly upset, "said Mapleton resident Patti Monks. "They are not only upset at the bow hunting, but they are upset at many different things the mayor and this board have done."

Only one resident at the meeting spoke in favor of the ordinance.

He agreed with Stone, saying that there is no serious safety risk for surrounding residents.

The ordinance also said any sibling of a 5-acre landowner will be able to use the land to bow hunt as well.

The ordinance will go into effect in 30 days.

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