Lancaster residents want hunting rules changed

Posted at 10:17 PM, Jan 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 06:47:27-05

Residents in one Town of Lancaster neighborhood want hunting restrictions changed.

The area in question is near Trentwood Trail, where residents say a man recently bought property and is using it for bow hunting.

"I didn't move to Lancaster and Trentwood Trail to be hesitant and fearful for multiple weeks out of the year when my kids want to play outside and statistically speaking we don't want to be the first accident," said Scott Littlewood.

Littlewood and other residents like him say the man is hunting too close to their backyards.

The DEC currently requires crossbow hunters to be 250 feet away from a residential structure and those using a long bow must be 150 feet away.

The town board has drafted a possible law that would require the distance be changed to 500 feet.

It's unclear when the board will vote on the law, which would affect four residential zoning districts (R1, R2, MFR3 and MFR4).

People opposed to the change say bow hunters have to be very close to game in order to kill it.

"If I'm wearing my brown Carhartt jacket in the woods and was walking through the woods, before any [bow hunter] was to draw his bow back he would he would know that I'm a human and not a deer," said David Anthony.




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