By Carl Corry
The Huntington Town board approved a controversial measure to allow longbow deer culling on private property in Eatons Neck at its council meeting Wednesday.
The new law, which requires the consent of a property’s owner, will be in effect through the hunting season from Oct. 1-Jan. 31 and is meant to reduce an overpopulation of deer in the area.
Supervisor Frank Petrone said at a press conference after the board meeting that the town recommended to community groups that they bring in qualified deer hunting groups to do the hunting, including law enforcement, such as FBI agents.
“It’s a safety measure. They’re cognizant of the safety of people. It’s not just ‘Joe the Hunter’ who decides, ‘Hey, I like hunting, I’ve hunted a few years and I’m going to go in and kill them.”
Bow hunters will need permits from the state DEC.
“How many are they going to be successful with this year?” Petrone pondered. “The school of thought is not that many. But it’s a start.”
Going forward, Petrone said the town will be considering a broader deer management plan.