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Weston Conservation Commission Votes to Recommend Deer Hunting

Following unanimous decision, and controversy, commission will make recommendation to Board of Selectmen.

In a unanimous decision, the Weston Conservation Commission voted to recommend allowing authorized bow hunting of deer on portions of town-owned land to, over time, gain some control over what they say is an “intractable problem” in Weston.

The recommendation followed a lengthy, at times uncomfortable discussion at the last night about options for deer management, the last in a series of forums and meetings held on the topic by the Conservation Commission over the past six months.

While the views expressed by individual members were largely shared by the commission as a whole, a number of residents voiced concerns about hunting deer that ranged from safety to whether bow hunting is humane. The commission will present its recommendation to the Weston Board of Selectman, who will discuss the issue at its June 11 meeting.

Check Weston Patch on Monday morning for full coverage of the meeting.

Elizabeth S. Leaver May 20, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Hi John, Most of your questions were covered in the May 17 meeting. Check Weston Patch tomorrow morning for full coverage.
John Memishian May 20, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Thanks Elizabeth! I'll certainly check it out, but I think would have preferred something before the fact. With little or no publicity, the public often finds things out too late to take any real part in the process.
Elizabeth S. Leaver May 20, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Hi John, We did post announcements of the event both on May 7 - http://patch.com/A-tcRy - and the day before the meeting - http://patch.com/A-tt2J Just fyi.
Carolyn Spaulding May 22, 2012 at 05:09 PM
"a number of residents voiced concerns about hunting deer that ranged from safety to whether bow hunting is humane". Efficacy was also voiced as a concern at the May 17th meeting.
Diane Anderson May 22, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Jack, you made some great points. I was at two of the Con. Com. deer meetings and found them both to be very disturbing. The "specialists" they brought in to give presentations were both pro-hunting. One showed slides of his teenager with a rifle and a dead deer on his lap. They also had lots of pro-hunting brochures available. You should watch the recordings of the last two meetings on the Weston cable channel and you'll see for yourself how biased it was. The Con. Com. dismissed all of the humane options and didn't even take time to consider whether there really is a "deer problem". Very disappointing! Also, read the letter to the editor on this site about Lyme Disease. She writes about how Lyme could go up if we introduce hunting.

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