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Dec 22, 2015 1:46 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

East Hampton Approves New Hunting Areas For Skilled Hunters

Officials have been trying to find ways to control the deer population.
Dec 22, 2015 2:16 PM

East Hampton Town has approved the allowance of bow hunting for deer on three town-owned tracts of land for hunters who are certified as especially proficient archers.

The Town Board approved an amendment to the town’s deer management plan to add the Montauk dump, the former brush dump on Bull Path in Northwest and Brooks Park in Montauk.

Hunting on the properties, which are currently off limits to hunters, will be allowed only for hunters certified as proficient by the East Hampton Sportsmen’s Alliance, after completing a shooting accuracy test. Hunters do not have to be members of the Sportsmen’s Alliance.

The Montauk dump property is 25 acres. The Brooks Park property is 34 acres and the Bull Path parcel is 14 acres.

Hunting on the properties will be assigned by lottery by the town’s land management department.

“We’ll know who’s hunting, we’ll know when they’re hunting,” Councilman Fred Overton said at a public discussion of the proposal last month. “We’ll have full control.”

The proposal met with opposition from some residents, most of whom lamented deer hunting in general and said that robbing deer of yet another safe-haven was a furtherance of barbaric practices.

"We are concerned for the future of wildlife families in the town," said Betsy Petroski. "Our town lands are preserved not only for town residents but also for wildlife. They state there are not enough lands for the deer to live on because of build-out, but they propose to wipe out the deer on those lands that are left."

Board members were unswayed and voted 4-0 to approve the law, with Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez absent from the meeting.

“I think hunting is something that should be used in terms of managing deer,” Supervisor Larry Cantwell said at the November discussion. “That is my personal opinion.”

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Good job by the EHSA in facilitating access, to sensitive areas, through proficiency.
By Michael Tessitore (76), East Quogue, New York on Dec 22, 15 4:48 PM
This is great news! Thank you EHSA for getting the ball rolling, and being a voice for us. A skill test is an excellent idea, and only done by one known group on the island so far. Opening this opportunity up will definitely help manage these properties properly.
By Ckrimits (1), syosset on Dec 22, 15 5:08 PM
EHSA has done what the State should include in it's bow hunting course. As a former bowhunter it's a great idea...
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Dec 24, 15 11:44 AM