Warsaw city officials decided five years ago deer are a nuisance in the city limits.

The city has found this still to be true.

Warsaw Deer Task Force met Tuesday night and unanimously approved sending a favorable recommendation to Warsaw City Council to review six nuisance zones for a proposed reduction effort September through January.

If the reduction effort is approved by Warsaw City Council, it will be the sixth year for the efforts.

The proposed nuisance zones that will need to be approved as reduction zones are: Springhill, Kosciusko Community Hospital; Boggs/Madison School area; Rozella/Warsaw Community High School, and Logan Street; Lakeview Middle School, Country Club; Hidden Lake; and Hire Park.

The task force also approved allowing private property owners who live in the nuisance zones to apply to have task force archers to hunt on their private properties.

Private property owners who want to apply to have archers hunt on their private property sites in the nuisance zones can get a form on the city’s website at warsaw.in.gov

The private property owners are advised to go to the police tab on the website and click on DTF and then Forms.

The task force also approved having the city council review a limitations on bows and arrows and slingshots ordinance amendment with fines.

The ordinance, if approved, imposes a $250 fine for any person found to be in possession of a bow with arrows used to take wild game and whitetail deer within any area within the city designated as deer nuisance zones.

The ordinance also imposes a $100 fine for a landowner within a designated deer nuisance zone who gives permission to any archer who is not approved by the deer task force to hunt on the landowner’s property.

The ordinance also imposes a $500 fine for archers who are not approved by the task force who are found in possession or control of a deer taken within the deer nuisance zone.

Warsaw City Council will need to approve the proposal at its Aug. 15 meeting.

This year’s deer management committee members are: Warsaw Mayor Ernie Wiggins, Jeff Grose, Scott Whitaker, Steve Foster, Matt Dick, and Jon Cook.

Warsaw Deer Task Force has set archer training dates for the 2011-2012 season.

Former archers will have two opportunities to qualify for deer-reduction efforts. The training for former archers will be Aug. 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., or Aug. 20 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Warsaw Police Department, 2191 E. Fort Wayne St.

New participants must attend the only training session for this season on Aug. 20 from 1:45 to 6 p.m. More information is available online at warsaw.in.gov

The task force requires an archer to have harvested at least three deer using archery equipment to qualify for the reduction effort.

During the training session, there will be a proficiency test, and those interested participating in the efforts will learn the rules and regulations for the deer-reduction effort.

During last year’s reduction effort, there were 40 deer killed during the reduction efforts that took place Sept. 15 to Dec. 18 by trained archers. There were 53 deer killed on private properties approved by the task force.

There were 63 archers who participated in the efforts last year.