Colfax approves bow hunting ordinance

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX — Following official publication in the Colfax Messenger, bow hunting will be permitted within the village limits.

The Colfax Village Board approved a bow-hunting ordinance at the September 24 meeting.

Leon Foyt, a resident on High Street, had approached the village board at the September 10 meeting about bow hunting on his own property.

Jackie Ponto, administrator clerk-treasurer, said she had contacted the village’s attorney at the direction the village board to draft an ordinance for the village.

The ordinance is similar to the City of Menomonie’s ordinance, she said.

After the ordinance is in place, village residents cannot hunt without the permission of the village board, noted Gary Stene, village president.

The ordinance allows the village board to set conditions for bow hunting on land where people have requested permission to hunt, he said.

The ordinance will not go into effect until after it is published in the Colfax Messenger in the October 3 edition, Ponto noted.

Several village board members said that the village also needs an application form for permission to hunt.

The Colfax Village Board directed Ponto to develop an application form that would require her signature.

The Colfax Village Board unanimously approved the bow-hunting ordinance.

In a related matter, the Colfax Village Board also unanimously approved a request from Leon Foyt to allow Foyt and his son to bow hunt on Foyt’s land within the village limits for the 2012 bow-hunting season.