End deer hunting in Westchester County Parks and Preserves
  • Petitioned Rob Astorino

This petition was delivered to:

Westchester County Executive
Rob Astorino
County Legislator
Peter Harckham

End deer hunting in Westchester County Parks and Preserves

    1. Laurel Sheck
    2. Petition by

      Laurel Sheck

      South Salem, NY

Our parks and preserves are meant to be sanctuaries, both for us, and the wildlife that inhabit them.  When you create parkland, particularly with hundreds or even thousands of acres, you create deer habitat, where they will thrive, and life safely. To create such habitat and then allow hunting in it defies all common sense. We must teach our children reverence for life, not intolerence and cruelty!  If that isn't reason enough, THE PARKS WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR VISITORS WHILE HUNTERS ARE KILLING THE DEER!

Here is what the County is saying: 

Westchester County has announced that Muscoot Farm, Lasdon Park & Arboretum, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation and Mountain Lakes Park will be open for bow hunting deer in the autumn. 

Applicants must prove Westchester County residency and must pass a proficiency test, to be offered at Blue Mountain Sportsman Center on June 23, June 29 and July 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In order to qualify, hunters must hit a 9-inch target at 25 yards, using field tips only. Three out of five attempts must be successful. Applicants who pass the test will then be chosen by lottery to receive a permit.

There is no fee for the test, but winners of the lottery must pay an administrative fee of $40. Applications are available on the county website and must be received before June 20.

The deer hunting season will run from October through December 31. The parks will remain open to regular visitors, with information signs posted for both hunters and visitors.

For more information, all (914) 864-7326.

Recent signatures


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    Reasons for signing

    • Elizabeth O'Nan MARION, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      Hunting should not be allowed on public land period as it endangers the 90% of users who are not hunters and is not an effective method of wildlife control.

    • Laurel Bern GOLDENS BRIDGE, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      its DANGEROUS--- duh! and there are too many humans potentially getting in between the bullets and the deer, or being confused as a deer. The deer are smarter.

    • Cheryl Bibby LANGLEY, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Bow hunting can be especially cruel, causing great pain to an animal. What kind of a "preserve" is this? Preserved for hunters?

    • a stewart NORTH SALEM, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      what part of "preserve" is confusing them?

    • Debra Pinegar PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      There should have never been deer hunting in Westchester County Parks and Preserves in the first place!!! It is just WRONG!


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