Weirton is getting ready for its annual effort to help control some of the local wildlife population with the yearly controlled bow hunt.
The hunt will take place from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31. It has become tradition in the area, and is open to all residents of Hancock and Brooke counties.
It allows residents to hunt deer on selected parcels of property within the city of Weirton. Under normal circumstances, hunting within the city limits is prohibited.
We believe the bow hunt is beneficial to our area in many ways, chief among them being it provides an opportunity to control the growing deer population in our area.
All too often, we hear of deer getting hit by motorists or causing damage to yards or other property.
While it is impossible to keep deer and other wildlife out of the city, this bow hunt can at least make them a little more manageable.
We also must remind anyone interested in taking part in the bow hunt of the informational meetings scheduled. It is at these meetings hunters will learn the regulations they must follow, as well as the properties on which they will be allowed to hunt.
The first of the required meetings are taking place today at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., but if you can't make either of them, another will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 20.
Remember, if you wish to take part in the bow hunt, you must attend one of these meetings.
The bow hunt provides a valuable service to our community, and we are glad to see it continue.