Select Massachusetts hunters get the chance to hunt prized land untouched for over a century.
196 lucky hunters have been given the opportunity to hunt Blue Hills Reservation, a 6,000-square-foot stretch of beautiful land covered in greenery and inhabited by wildlife.
With shotgun season opening this week, hunters are eager to get in the woods to enjoy the season before its end on Dec. 13.
This land has been protected and untouched by hunters since 1893 when, “the Metropolitan Parks Commission purchased the lands of Blue Hills Reservation as one of the first areas set aside for public recreation,” according to Mass.gov.
The hunt was organized by The Department of Conservation and Recreation to help control overwhelming deer populations which are estimated to be over 85 deer per square mile of land.
The increase in deer numbers not only negatively affect the plant life and greenery on the reservation, but there are also health concerns surrounding deer ticks and their their ability to carry Lyme disease.
Chickatawbut Road and Wompatuck Road will close Nov. 30, Dec. 1, Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 from midnight until 5 p.m. to allow hunters adequate hunting time. The areas will be limited and only those 196 hunters will be permitted to hunt the land.
According to WCVB.com, “A group calling itself Friends of the Blue Hills Deer that has held three protests plans to demonstrate again between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm Monday.”
Posted signs, along with law enforcement and park rangers, will surround the reserve to notify those visiting of the dangers they may encounter.