Moore’s Woods in Greenport could soon be open to deer hunting

JAMES COLLIGAN FILE PHOTO | A DEC rep gave a presentation about deer hunting at Monday night's Greenport Village Board meeting.

A state Department of Environmental Conservation representative came to the Village Board Monday night to discuss the possibility of opening Moore’s Woods to deer hunters.

Environmental conservation officer Thomas Gadomski said he believes bow hunting is a preferred option in some municipalities because it’s less of a public nuisance and is safer than hunting with a rifle.

“Bow hunting is extremely safe,” Mr. Gadomski said. “I’ve been on this job 20 years and there has never been a third party that got injured while someone else was bowing.”

If the village were to allow deer hunting on the nearly 190-acre parcel, Mr. Gadomski suggested the board set up a hunting program that mirrors Southold Town’s.

The town, he said, typically divides a property into sections of five to 10 acres and allows only one or two hunters per section.

The board didn’t take any action Monday night, but the trustees said they planned to continue looking into the feasibility of permitting bow hunting during the next season, from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, to cull the herd.

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