STOP Urban Deer Bow Hunting in Rochester, NY
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STOP the reckless killing of deer with bow and arrows in our residential community!
We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge our leaders to act now to change the laws for the safety of our community.
A New York State bill has reduced the hunting safety setback law from 500 to 150 feet. The new law says that as long as the arrow doesn’t cross the neighbor’s property line or the roadway, it is legal to hunt within 150 feet of a neighbor’s home. Of course accidents can happen and do happen.
Hunters have been seen near swimming pools, childrens’ swing sets, roadways. There is no notification to neighbors that hunting will be taking place 150 feet away from our homes.
This year hunters have been seen and reported for not following the codes and rules that the DEC, Irondequoit Town Board and Irondequoit Police Dept. have set up. Yet nothing happens.
IF a patrol car is even sent the hunters have left the area by then, leaving us neighbors stressed and worried for the safety of our children, ourselves, our pets and our property.
During "Deer Management Bow Hunting Season", strangers have been entering our neighborhoods, hiding behind blinds and in tree stands, shooting does, fawns, and bucks with high-powered bows.
There are more humane ways to deal with deer population than archery, which is known as one of the cruelest and most inefficient ways to kill animals. We fear being shot by razor-sharp arrows that travel over 200 mph. This is not “Deer Management.” This is slaughter. Hunting should not be allowed on our SMALL residential properties.
The town of Irondequoit is allowing hunters to hunt on parcels of land that are 0.1 acre. Yes, 0.1 acre!
It is not fair that the residents of Irondequoit, who pay the highest taxes in Monroe County, can not enjoy their property. They can not sit in their backyard, they can not let their children and grandchildren play, they can not jog, exercise, walk their dog with out fear of encountering a hunter with a deadly weapon or seeing a wounded deer bleed out in front of them.
Children on school buses are also seeing wounded deer and hunters in tree stands.
Last year, a deer was shot in front of children waiting at their neighborhood school bus stop!
Do you want your children to see a wounded deer with arrows stuck in it, bleeding, running down the streets in a panic—to die a prolonged and agonizing death? These are horrible images that no child, or adult should ever see. Yet, this is what is happening daily in the Town of Irondequoit, suburb of Rochester, NY during "Deer Management Bow Hunting Season."
Despite assurances from the Town of Irondequoit, neither the police nor the DEC has been effective in policing our properties or regulating the actions of the hunters. It is only the residents who have witnessed illegal hunting, trespassing, hunting on non-approved properties and men dragging dead deer out of the woods across the street from our once peaceful homes.
The town of Irondequoit turns a blind eye to hunters hunting on non-approved properties, trespassing, having illegal blinds set up and hunting on parcels of land that are too small according to the standards that they have set up themselves.
We are tired of hunters trespassing and harassing neighbors who don’t want them next door. It is not like they are on acres of land in the woods-they are on suburban property!
We are tired of the Town of Irondequoit not enforcing their own codes.
We are tired of not being able to enjoy our backyards.
We are tired of not being able to let our children play outdoors during hunting hours.
We are tired of finding pools of blood on neighborhood yards.
Hunters do not belong in residential neighborhoods.
They wreak havoc and bring nothing but danger and tragedy.
It is up to all of us to band together and stop deer hunting in residential areas.
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