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Jul 25, 2018 11:21 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Deer Hunting In Southampton Village Pitched To Village Board

Michael Tessitore, president of Hunters For Deer, at the Southampton Village Board meeting on Tuesday night. JON WINKLER
Jul 25, 2018 11:21 AM

More than 30 people packed Southampton Village Hall on Tuesday night to hear a presentation from the group Hunters for Deer on how members would reduce the deer population in the village.

Michael Tessitore, the founder and president of the not-for-profit deer hunting corporation, laid out elements of his group’s methods for using bow hunting to cull the deer population and protect homeowners from having their yards disturbed and drivers facing the risk of deer in the roads.

Mr. Tessitore said that his company’s program would require permission from village homeowners to come onto their properties during the fall hunting season to target deer on the property. There is also a 150-foot setback from neighboring properties that must be adhered to.

Once a deer is shot, it would be the hunter who would tag it and remove it from the property. Mr. Tessitore pointed out that culled deer are often utilized as food.

Other methods of controlling the deer population included sterilization or simply building 8-foot-high fences around properties to keep deer from entering. Mr. Tessitore said at the meeting that the effectiveness of the sterilization method has often not been quantified. He added that while the fences would do the job of keeping deer out of backyards, they would still find an undesirable place to go.

“Fences won’t prevent deer from going onto roadways,” Mr. Tessitore told the board. “Also, a fence hinders local wildlife. I think when people ask for a fence to be built, it’s them crying out, ‘I want something done now.’”

Mr. Tessitore cited Hunters for Deer’s work in Remsenburg, where the company eliminated nearly 200 deer over the past five years with bow hunting. He also noted that Hunters for Deer helped create a deer management program for Southampton Town, as he is currently a member of the town’s Deer Protection and Management Advisory Committee.

While no official deer management plan has been agreed to between Hunters for Deer and the village, Mr. Tessitore emphasized that any action would require individual property owners’ consent.

“This program is designed to reduce the amount of conflict between the deer and local property owners,” he said.

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Exponential deer population growth is a Town-wide problem that needs to be addressed.
By Duckbornandraised (184), Eastport on Jul 25, 18 5:08 PM
These guys will drop the does and leave them. The deer meat does not go to a food pantry as claimed.
By AL (83), southampton on Jul 25, 18 5:58 PM
If they don't want them, send them over by me.
By HamptonDad (236), Hampton Bays on Jul 25, 18 11:25 PM
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The season should be lengthened and crossbows should be made legal. If something isn't done soon, the vegetation in natural areas will never come back. You can replant a home garden, but the natural regeneration of forests takes a long time.
By treeman (3), Hampton Bays on Jul 26, 18 12:33 PM
I think the season should be lengthened and shotguns permitted in safe areas
By jediscuba (71), Suthampton on Jul 26, 18 3:18 PM
I am a homeowner in Southampton Village and I would not allow any deer hunting on my property.
By rkw (1), Southampton Vlg on Jul 26, 18 2:40 PM
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So sorry for your ignorance... Culling the heard is the only way to fix this problem. Disease will continue to run rampant in both the deer population and human population.. Ticks and tick related disease... Hope in you big mansion you do not get sick.. If the towns and villages had a brain in the past the deer would still have a home ....You stole their home
By J. Totta (106), Sag Harbor on Jul 27, 18 11:45 AM
Hey, Did you ever think about reading before writing ... its sort of like activation brain before opening mouth. Something even our president has yet to learn to do. The organization NEVER said that the meat would go to food panties. They said it was often used for food. It would be Illegal to give it to a food pantry, just as it is Illegal to kill geese and give the meat to a pantry.
By jediscuba (71), Suthampton on Jul 26, 18 3:16 PM
It is 100% legal to donate venison to the food pantry.
By sammy (2), Water Mill on Jul 27, 18 12:41 PM