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Council vote puts whitetails in crosshairs

December 19, 2012

LINCOLN — Local deer could soon be the targets of hunters following a 3-2 Town Council vote allowing archery hunting as a way to reduce the town’s growing deer population.
The hunting season measure worked out by the Council’s ordinance committee came up before the five-member full panel for action without a recommendation but was approved with Council President Keith Macksoud, and council members Kenneth Pichette and Arthur Russo in favor and members James Jahnz and John Flynn opposed.
Pichette had proposed the hunting season for deer as a way to cull the growing number of deer in the town and noted Tuesday that he supported its revised version as a way to reduce the number of car-deer traffic accidents and also the threat of Lyme disease for local residents.
“I feel very strongly that we have vetted this out,” Pichette noted while pointing out the changes made to the proposed ordinance during the three-member subcommittee review.
The deer hunt, to be held in conjunction with the state’s archery season for deer, will occur on privately-owned parcels of land five acres or greater.
Hunters will need to show proof of their expertise in bow and crossbow hunting and also obtain written permission from property owners agreeing to have deer hunted on their land.
The ordinance also requires the hunter to register with the town and submit a copy of the owner’s written permission to access their land along with similar permission for police to enter the property if needed.
The state Department of Environmental Management is named as the agency to enforce violations of state hunting laws, and the ordinance also states a hunter will be fined $250 for hunting violations.
The ordinance will remain in effect through January of 2015 and the Town Council could reconsider it at that point given its sunset clause, according to Pichette.

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