Last fall, the Blue Hills deer hunt sparked outrageous controversy in the region, but the state is proposing a second hunt this year.
About 163 shotgun hunters hit 3,000 of the 7,000 acres in Blue Hills, according to WCVB, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation in Massachusetts wants to expand that same hunt this year.
In just four days, “the hunt yielded 64 deer – including 47 female deer, equating to at least 120 fewer deer last spring,” leading to the state’s support in proposing a second hunt. The hunts are scheduled to take place on November 29 and 30, 2016; December 5 and 6, 2016; and December 8 and 9, 2016.
The hearings in support and against the Blue Hills deer hunt will take place Tuesday, July 12 in the Milton High School auditorium.
The hunters in the hunt later this year will be able to use bow and arrows, as well as shotguns in the field. About 117 shotgun hunters and 23 archery hunters will be allowed to participate.
There will be a lottery to determine who will hunt during which set of dates and by which means. The state is expecting backlash from anti-hunters, but are determined to go through with this second hunt.