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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....

Abby Jordan (Editor) May 21, 2012 at 08:02 PM
So far 9 people say no and 3 people say yes. What are your thoughts?
Hazel Lazarus May 21, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Absolutely no hunting on public land. No need and a very dangerous proposition for walkers and hikers and others who enjoy the space.
gator May 21, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Bow hunting on public land? This is insanity, plain and simple. Why any townsperson would put themselves at risk of accident is the real question.
Noreen Mola May 22, 2012 at 12:50 AM
No way to bow hunting! I recently found an arrow in the woods behind my property and it looked like an instrument of torture. The business end of the arrow contained a cluster of razors configured to do some serious damage. Bow hunting on public land is a dangerous proposition for the public and as it takes far more skill to make a 'clean kill', it is the cruelest form of hunting. No, no no!
Abby Jordan (Editor) May 22, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Here's another comment, sent to me in an email: In March, 2005, three town-owned Greenwich parks/golf courses were used to kill deer in order to lower their population. It was done because of a huge error in reporting of deer numbers per sq/mi by Howard Kilpatrick, DEEP. After an aerial deer survey was taken in 2001, the counted number of deer was doubled based on a visibility factor of two, and then doubled again to 120 deer per square mile to secure more hunting - such a high number is unheard of. Even hunters reported that they hardly see any deer, but the hunt was approved. Hunting, especially by bow and arrow, which is striclty recreational, does not lower deer numbers. The DEEP manages deer for MSY, for hunters, to collect revenues from selling hunting licenses. BTW - 200 deer were suppsed to be killed; they were able to kill 80, proving that the numbers were greatly exaggerated! If there are too many deer, why does the DEEP's management plan make sure to spur reproduction?
Charlie May 22, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Let's get our facts straight about what the supposed over population of dear really is before contemplating this move. Allowing hunting on public property is a very dangerous and potentially costly litigious move for Weston. I have more coyote on my property than deer these days. Let nature take care of balancing the numbers.
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 (Editor) 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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