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Posted: Thursday, September 24, 1998 1:00 am

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Rocker and bowhunting enthusiast Ted Nugent won't get to hunt at Brown's Woods a month before anyone else would be allowed to hunt in the park.

Some city officials are now questioning whether the Polk County Conservation Board was trying to sneak Nugent and other celebrity hunters in early.

``If we don't have the authority to determine when and where the hunts are gong to be, I'm not going to support it,'' West Des Moines Councilman Steve Gaer said.

The first reading of an ordinance to allow hunting in Brown's Woods was passed by the City Council 3-2 in August. But it must pass again on final reading Oct. 5.

Nugent's hunt almost went off unnoticed by city officials. Apparently, hunt organizers contacted county conservation board director Ben Van Gundy, who brought the issue before the board Sept. 16.

The hunt item was approved by four of five members of the board, although it did not appear on the agenda, said board chairwoman Jane Clark, who opposed the event.

City officials thought they had only authorized hunting between Nov. 1 and Jan. 10 and contacted Van Gundy for more information Friday. Later that day, Van Gundy told city officials the hunt had been canceled because of protests from residents.

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