Town of Huntington Board Revises Deer Hunting Regulations

Deer gather on Eatons Neck resident Edward Carr’s property in winter 2014.

Deer gather on Eatons Neck resident Edward Carr’s property in winter 2014.

By Connor Beach
cbeach@longislandergroup.com

Hunters will once again be allowed to hunt deer using longbows in the Town of Huntington this deer season, but there are now revised regulations.

During October’s Town of Huntington board meeting, town council voted to approve revisions to the existing town code that was first amended two years ago to allow longbow hunting.

The resolution’s sponsor, Councilwoman Tracey Edwards, said that the new code revisions serve to keep hunting available for hunters, while also addressing the safety concerns brought up by residents.

The new town code states that longbow hunting will now only be permitted on private property, and written notification must be provided to any residents whose homes are within 150 feet of the hunting activity, as well as the Department of Public Safety and the local police department, before any longbow hunting can take place.

The new revisions also prohibit discharging a longbow across a public highway or within 150 feet of a house, occupied farm building, school building, playground, church or public building. Violation of the new town code may also result in a fine of up to $500 per day.

The regulations in the revised town code apply to the current deer-hunting season that runs until Jan. 31, 2018.