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Ask permission, when hunting

On Oct. 20th, opening day of pheasant season in our area, I came across two hunters hunting on my property without permission, right by my house. I never would have noticed them, had it not been for the two gunshots I heard in my backyard, as I was watching a Disney movie with my child.

Startled to see a man decked out in orange, carrying a gun on my property and only a few hundred feet away from my home, I ran and got my husband.

Once outside, my husband and one of the hunters exchanged words. The man claimed that our land is not posted. True, it’s not. Private property does not need to be posted. And just because it is not posted, that does not give you the right to roam freely.

You were in a small area between two homes. You never thought to ring the doorbell and ask? You were trespassing. And you shot, while on my property. There is no way you were at least 500 feet away from my home;

As a mother of a young child (take a clue from the swing set, which is 200 feet from where you were hunting), I am absolutely outraged and feel violated because we have to worry about people like you and, also, the person who shot one of neighbors’ houses last year.I am afraid to play outside with my child during hunting season, let alone let my dog out, for fear he may be mistaken for a deer.

I am not writing this letter to hold you back from your sport, but I do want to hold you accountable. I am writing this so that you, and perhaps other hunters out there, will take a look around.

If you’re hunting near homes, talk to a home owner first, for permission. If you see a swing set, assume a child is outside.

As a pistol permit holder and avid target shooter myself, I ask that you please pay attention, ask permission and uphold the regulations set forth by the DEC.

Jennifer Pisa
North Collins

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