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Are You OK With Hunting on Town Land?

Municipality may lease property to hunting clubs.

Each week Long Valley Patch poses a question to its readers about topics in town that affect residents, and asks for their opinions on the matter.

This week, we want to know your thoughts on deer hunting in town. .

Are you in favor of the township putting out to bid it's municipally-owned land to hunters? Why, or why not? Does this make you worry for your safety, or do you feel that controlled hunting is a smart move?

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below, and thanks for participating.

Bill Leavens July 19, 2011 at 01:30 AM
Unless we want to install tall (and very expensive) deer fencing on all Township property, hunting is the the only practical solution at present. Especially when you consider that venison is high quality protein that can be consumed by those that need it. I don't hunt and I don't intend to take it up so I'm not coming from there. But why should deer be 'protected' so that they can quite literally destroy the habitat that other creatures depend on? Thirty years ago - before there was a deer 'problem - there was real undergrowth in the forest. But as humans moved in, the deer predators moved out. We humans are to blame for the deer overpopulation. And we humans are the ones to resolve it. There aren't enough coyotes or mountain lions around. Sadly, chemical 'birth control' for deer has not proven to be feasible. They are in estrus nearly year round and often drop two fawns at a time. They are breeding up to the limit of available food and their food is what used to cover the forest floor. If we have any regard for the rest of the natural world, we will take steps ti limit the deer population. And, sad to say, until somebody comes up with a better solution, hunting is the only way to effect a control.
einaphets July 19, 2011 at 12:30 PM
Mr. Leavewns, I respectfully assume you do not live in one of the neighborhoods that border on either of these plots of land. My concern is how we safeguard our property and our children. One of these plots borders on the Wooded Valley neighborhood, the largest neighborhood in the township. To me, the safety issues far outweigh the monetary benefits of this plan.If there's any residential area within any distance from the plot of land than we should be reconsidering this plan.
jmwk July 19, 2011 at 02:55 PM
To einaphets - There is hunting going on in other spots of town - what do they do to protect the residential areas around there? They could do the same thing with this area.
WTHeck July 20, 2011 at 11:48 AM
Coming from a family of deer hunters, there are many issues that are not being brought up. I live near the area in question, but not close enough that it would affect my home. In fact, before my home was built, my grandfather used to actively hunt on this property in the 1970's which bordered residential homes. If I did live in the immediate vicinity, I would not be as concerned. Most hunters (at least in my family) begin their hunts early in the morning - when most people are still asleep! Not when children are playing in the back yard. Also, there are "hunting seasons". Again, this is for limited weeks in the fall and beginning of winter. Hunting when children are in school and people are at work. I think we need to compare statistics - What are the chances you would hit a deer with your vehicle, causing extensive damage or costly repairs? What are the chances of you contracting Lyme disease from the ticks these deer carry? The cost to repair damage to your property from the destruction the deer have caused? What are the chances a hunter would hit your house with a bullet? Bear in mind too, that the one area approved (Reservoir Rd) is already hunted. How many incidents have occurred in the areas already being hunted? I see both sides on this issue, but we are at a point where we need to start to control their population. Their natural predator can no longer control it; now we have to.
Bruce Kreeger July 25, 2011 at 12:48 AM
We need to cull the heard and we may as well do it and allow the community to financially benefit. People have been hunting in Long Valley forever. This is a way of life her. I am not a hunter but I have no problem supporting hunting.

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