Letter to the Editor: Deer Hunt in Park is 'Dangerous'

The writer is Lawrence Township resident Tony Singleton

I am a resident of Lawrence and am very concerned about allowing deer hunting in the Pole Farm which is connected to Mercer Meadows, Rosedale Park and joined to the new soccer field on the Lawrenceville-Pennington Road.

There has never been legal hunting in this preserved land and the numbers of people using this property including bicyclists, horseback riders, walkers and runners have increased since the trail improvements by the county.

The deer hunting idea is very dangerous and is a safety hazard regardless of what notices are posted given the multiple access points on Cold Soil Road, Keefe Road, Blackwell Road and Federal City Road.

There is no apparent vetting of the hunters nor any apparent plan to post park rangers at all access points. The safety zone of 150 feet is insufficient given the range of bow hunting equipment, which can exceed 500 yards.

There has been no public discussion which I am aware of although it affects citizens of Lawrence and Hopewell. There is also the issue of possible animal cruelty in the event of wounding deer with arrows but not killing them.

However, the major risk is to human life given the diverse usage and number or people who are daily users during all hours of the day of these facilities.

- Tony Singleton, Cold Soil Road, Lawrence Township



Plant it November 30, 2012 at 12:56 PM
A better idea: maybe they should release coyotes and wolves in the park to help control the deer (which have only us as predators.) Would that make you feel safer?
Victor November 30, 2012 at 02:19 PM
A better idea is to have you test the safety of walking during the hunting season with or without bright colors. And there already are coyotes in the park and have been for some years.
Ira L. Marks December 01, 2012 at 05:54 AM
The writer of this article makes a lot of sense. I am always at a loss to explain how bad decisions like this are made, given the safety issues outlined. Brian Hughes are you listening to this ?
Chris pangaldi December 05, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Let’s see......First open your eyes because bow hunting is taking place right in your back yard as we speak!! The STATE OF NJ decided to pass a bill to change the safety zones from 150 yards to 50 yards with a bow only and you must be hunting from an elevated tree stand. Why is that??? Well for starters in 2010 Hopewell Police recorded over 500 incidents involving deer and the state had a 30% increase in motor vehicle accidents. The whitetail population must be controlled in NJ to balance our eco system as well as reduce our property damage. Oh I forgot one thing.........Many of the deer that are harvested throughout the state get donated to feed the homeless...Sounds like all positives to me. URBAN BOWHUNTING LOVE IT!!!!
Victor December 06, 2012 at 08:03 PM
CThe bowhunting safety zone is the minimum distance from an occupied building where a bowhunter may have a nocked arrow, and is 150 feet. Carrying a bow with a nocked arrow within 150 feet of an occupied building or 450 feet of any school playground is prohibited. Any portion of the school grounds (including fields used for sports), that could be used for play or recreation, is considered to be part of a playground The owner or lessee of a building-and persons specifically authorized by the owner or lessee in writing (written permission must be in possession while hunting)-may hunt within 150 feet of the building. Persons authorized to hunt within 150 feet of a building must hunt from an elevated position to shoot down toward the ground. Shooting into a safety zone is prohibited. Sunday bow hunting is allowed on Wildlife Management Areas and on private property ONLY. There are no exceptions to this rule. It is extremely important for all hunters to know the boundary lines of the property (s) they are hunting. hecking the law as listed as of this year by NJ Wildlife: Note Village Park abuts Pole Farm and many school children use th efields as well as the new soccer fields at Twin Pines


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