Sag Harbor Village Board members agreed last week to consider allowing bow hunting in the village, something that has been prohibited since October 2015, when a new law restricted all hunting within village borders—including hunting with firearms, which would still be banned.
On October 7, Christian Killoran, vice president of Hunters for Deer, an East Quogue-based nonprofit organization, challenged Sag Harbor’s law in State Supreme Court, saying it prevented legal hunting, allowed by the state, to control deer populations. On October 8, one of the organization’s members, Derrick Ring, was issued a summons for violating the original law, and Hunters for Deer threatened to file a lawsuit over Mr. Ring’s arrest.
At the Village Board’s most recent meeting on Tuesday, November 8, an amendment to the law was proposed, stating that those seeking to bow hunt, trap or pursue wildlife in the village must have the written consent of the owner of the property on which the activity would take place. The board agreed that the amendment would be in the best interest of the village and would be consistent with state law. Hunters would continue to have to abide by regulations set by the State Department of Environmental Conservation requiring bow hunters to be more than 150 feet away from the nearest property that has not permitted hunting in the area.
“I think it’s great news for the property owners and the hunters,” Mike Tessitore, president of Hunters for Deer, said of the proposed amendment.
The public will have a chance to weigh in at a hearing at the next Village Board meeting, on December 13.