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Enterprise South deer hunt goes on, despite controversy

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – The first hunt on the recently established Enterprise South Nature Park begins today, but not without controversy.

Some Hamilton County residents asked the commission to suspend the hunt facilitated by the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency.

The TWRA has granted special hunting permits to 80 bow hunters for this week's two-day hunt. Each hunter may claim two deer, but the first must be a doe.

"Before any future hunt, TWRA should be required to provide the county with an accurate verifiable head count and accurate optimal head count," Joan Farrell told the county commission last month.

"This hunt has been going on for a number of years," Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger told Channel 3. "There is an agreement in place."

The contract has been in place since 2005 to allow hunters to claim the deer on what was then the Volunteer Army Ammunition site.

Earlier this year county leaders dedicated a portion of the Enterprise South Industrial Park as a county-owned nature park.

A second two-day is scheduled for October 24-25.

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