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Oct 6, 2009 6:39 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Hampton hunter charged for baiting deer

Oct 6, 2009 6:39 PM

An East Hampton hunter was charged with two violations of the state’s Environmental Conservation Laws after he was observed hunting over a baited tree stand on October 1, according to a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation press release.

Three days prior to the incident, the man, Anthony J. Weiss, 24, had exchanged e-mail with a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police Officer, in which he was informed that state regulations prohibit the use of bait to hunt or attract deer, the DEC release said.

Mr. Weiss had written to the Department of Environmental Conservation’s website to ask for the lapse in time required between baiting deer for photography and then hunting in that area, according to the press release. The response was sent on September 28 and copied to several other conservation officers around the state, including Liza Bobseine, who is based in East Hampton.

Ms. Bobseine found Mr. Weiss occupying a baited tree stand in the woods near Route 114 and he admitted that he had been made aware of the law through a recent e-mail. The press release said Mr. Weiss tried to make excuses but because Ms. Bobseine had been copied on the e-mail she was able to refute them.

Mr. Weiss was issued citations for violations hunting deer over bait and unlawful feeding of whitetail deer, the press release said. Both violations carry a maximum penalty of $250.

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It is a shame that hunter's like that can not follow the laws like the rest of us. It is really hurting him and making the law abiding hunter look bad. Huntng and hunters are always under the microscope because of gun laws,animal rights groups and people that just don't believe in hunting. So, when something like this happens is happens to all of us.
This guy is going to get and few minutes of shame on my blog as a reminder to those that if you play you pay. http://whitetailwoods.blogspot.com
By Rickk (1), Ashford on Oct 7, 09 9:45 AM
Do you really need to bait them?
By Neighbor (10), East Hampton on Oct 7, 09 5:30 PM
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What an idiot, he should get more than a $250 fine. He should get his hunting license revoked!!!!!
By jonnyhampton (29), Southampton on Oct 7, 09 10:46 PM
Just as a heads up : Local waterfront home owners who don't like the duck hunters blinds near their homes will deliberately throw corn near the blinds and then call the DEC or the bay constable and accuse the hunters of illegally baiting the ducks.
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Oct 8, 09 9:25 AM
There are a lot more deer than ducks around, I'd like to see the blinds burned, what do you think Matt ? Or do you like blowing helpless birds out of the air for the "sport" of it ?
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Oct 8, 09 10:27 AM
I'm not a hunter.
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Oct 15, 09 10:34 AM
Duck hunters set up their blinds as near as possible to areas where they know that people feed these beautiful animals, (often watching them grow from ducklings to adults over the course of the summer), thereby turning a compassionate act treacherous. Ask realtors about the effect of duck blinds on home sales.

By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Oct 16, 09 2:36 PM