Wednesday, April 3, 2013
A letter from Monte Pearson, Town Meeting Member, Precinct 3, on the issue of bow hunting in the Landlocked Forest.
Wednesday, April 3
The following is a letter to the editor: Under Massachusetts law there is no hunting, either with guns or bows and arrows, on any land in the state unless the unit of government with jurisdiction over the land expressly says hunting is allowed. Therefore, it is illegal to hunt with either guns or bows and arrows in the Landlocked Forest until the body with jurisdiction – the Board of Selectmen – votes to allow hunting. If the Board of Selectmen want to consider allowing bow hunting, then they need to keep in mind that the land is already being used for recreational purposes by hundreds of people every month during the spring, summer, and fall. These individuals, whether they are walking, biking, or snow shoeing deserve to know and feel …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
In response to questions from residents the Burlington Police Department has put out a release on bow hunting on town property.
As reported on Patch, last week the Burlington Board of Selectmen took up the question of whether or not bow hunting should be allowed on town-owned property. The discussion focused on the Landlocked Forest, but a decision on bow hunting would also apply to the reservoir and Sawmill Brook area. During last's week meeting, the board did not come to any decision on bow hunting. Instead members decided to form an exploratory sub-committee to gather input and opinions from residents. However, the topic has become a hot one. Patch reported on the meeting and the Burlington Union carried the story in its print paper last week. As a result, it seems the Burlington Police Department as received quite a few calls from residents asking about the …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Members of the Board of Selectmen stated town to collect information, opinions, and address the issue.
Should bow hunting for deer be allowed in Burlington's Landlocked Forest? That question was posed to the Board of Selectmen during Monday night's meeting. The board did not make any decision on the question but stated it would create a sub-committee to solicit input from the community and consider the issue. Chair of the Board Ralph Patuto said the town has bylaws against discharging firearms in Burlington, making hunting with shotguns or rifles de facto outlawed. However, it does not have any specific no-hunting rules, which allows for bow hunting. Patuto added that hunting in the Landlocked Forest has taken place for decades. To date, the board has been silent on the issue. There were representatives on both sides of the issue at the …