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Jun 6, 2017 1:06 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

East Hampton To Allow Expanded Deer Hunting On Two Preserves

Jun 6, 2017 2:30 PM

The State Department of Environmental Conservation has given East Hampton Town permission to use nuisance hunting efforts to thin deer populations on two town preserves.

The permits stop short of the more aggressive killing of deer that the DEC permitted in Southampton Town starting in 2015—USDA-licensed hunters, using rifles and night vision equipment, were employed in that case. The permits issued to East Hampton, on the other hand, will permit the town to give special permission to a select group of hunters to hunt deer at night using shotguns and crossbows, weapons that are not typically allowed for deer hunting.

The targeted hunting will be allowed on the Grace Estate in East Hampton and Culloden Preserve in Montauk, starting next winter.

The DEC permits allow hunting year-round, rather than only during the state-designated hunting seasons, Councilman Fred Overton said on Tuesday, but he recommended that the hunting be limited to the winter, after the recreational hunting season has closed.

Mr. Overton told the Town Board on Tuesday that surveys of the preserves by town environmental analysts have shown extensive damage to the vegetative understory from over-grazing by deer. The town has not done counts of the numbers of deer on the respective properties, he said.

The hunters who will be allowed to target deer under the special permits will be vetted and approved by the town’s Land Management Department, much as those who hunt under the nuisance permits issued for the East Hampton Airport are. Each deer killed will have to be reported to the DEC and will be processed, with the meat donated to local food pantries.

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Good grief. I hope they post lots of brightly colored warning signs during hunting season on the trails of the Grace Estate preserve! Lots of folks hike therenyear round!!!!!!
By TTTTrina (13), East Hampton on Jun 6, 17 1:25 PM
Please no hunting. Stop over-building with awful houses on land that the deer freely roam in. Where is the natural beauty of the East End that used to be here?
By rvs (106), sag harbor on Jun 9, 17 9:32 PM