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Poll: Should Weston Allow Deer Hunting on Public Land?

Tell us what you think about deer hunting on public land to control population numbers.

At a public meeting held Thursday, May 17, the Weston Conservation Commission on public land as a way to curb the growing deer population.

The deer hunting, by bow-and-arrow on some town-owned land parcels, would be limited.

Supporters said at the meeting that managing the deer population would help limit the spread of Lyme disease, and that the deer population is large and needs to be controlled.

Those who oppose the deer hunting recommendation said there are more humane ways to control the deer population, and hunting on public lands could be dangerous.

Another resident also weighed-in on the topic by stating her opposition.

Weston Patch wants to know what you think. Vote in the poll below, but also tell us what you see as the pros and cons of potential deer hunting on public lands. Let's get a lively discussion going....

Tom Anderson May 22, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Bow hunting is extremely ineffective and cruel. Over 50% are wounded and the majority that are killed, die over an extended period of time. Research shows that killing deer (unless it is on an island) is not an effective population control nor is it effective at controlling lyme disease. Finally, why would we put our children, pets, and neighbors at risk of injury, even if it is a small risk. This should not be allowed.
Priscilla Feral May 22, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Why has Weston agreed to cater to the hunter-managers at Devil's Den and less than 1 percent of Connecticut's residents by asking bow-hunters to mutilate innocent deer on public land? Sounds criminal to Friends of Animals, and there's no justification. Lyme disease won't disappear with a seasonal deer shoot; nor will drivers have fewer accidents. Wake up, Weston. DEEP is a state wildlife agency that's getting too much cooperation from local politicians, and DEEP's revenues, in aprty, are enhanced from selling hunting licenses. The deer-hunting scheme is designed to allow deer-killing to surge, and the accompanying propaganda should be debated. Deer and other animals are part of Nature, and it's high time for a burgeoning population of human dwellers to start behaving like wildlife neighbors and stop acting so repulsively hostile. Priscilla Feral, President Friends of Animals Darien, CT www.friendsofanimals.org
Abby Jordan May 22, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Hi Priscilla, just to be clear, we're in Weston, Mass. There is a Weston Conn. Patch here: http://weston-ct.patch.com/
Diane Anderson May 22, 2012 at 10:32 PM
There will be a meeting for people who oppose bow hunting in Weston at Bruegger's this Thursday at 8:30 am. If you are interested in promoting safe and humane alternatives, please come!
PJ May 29, 2012 at 12:58 PM
The lack of knowledge on the issue is shown firsthand with the comments posted. The deer population has exploded in Massachusetts, the public lands you speak of are being decimated by over browsing, the forest lands, wetlands and open space has impact on all wildlife doing nothing will have a deep negative effect on all land. I suggest the people of Weston research the facts, and leave personal and selfishness at the door before commenting. Bow hunting is the safest and most cost effective way to reduce deer numbers. The deer are not wasted; they are a natural resource, feeding all natural meat to families, neighbors and homeless.

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