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January 22, 2013

Bow hunting eyed for deer

Committee formed to consider new policy


If a hunting policy was adopted in town, the group agreed that access points to the land would be clearly identified so people entering the woods would know to wear bright orange and leash their dogs, the group said.

Whether hunting is allowed on conservation restricted land and whether it should — and could — be limited to West Newbury residents only will also be considered.

Opponents to a proposed hunting policy in town have been vocal in their objections.

Linda Ventola said she doesn’t know anyone who supports the idea, adding she feels non-hunters should be included on the panel.

Don Leone wrote, “I want it banned from town and not expanded.”

And Amy Lucas wants town meeting voters to decide the issue.

Forrest was frustrated that people would form an opinion before the committee had a chance to meet.

“They haven’t even heard what we’re going to do — and it’s just no,” he said.

A 24-year resident, Forrest contended that hunters enjoy hunting to the same degree that people opposed to the activity hate it. “We’re not evil people. We’d just like to enjoy the land, too,” he said.

But not every message was in opposition. Gary Tipson disputed those who suggested West Newbury is too populated to accommodate hunting.

“If this means that we have become too urban and have outgrown our rural roots, I say no, at least not yet — and with any luck, not for a long time to come,” Tipson said. “I would be in favor of allowing hunting on town land.”

The new Hunting Policy Committee meets again on Thursday, Jan. 31.

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