Elliott: Ban hunting in the state forest

Full story: Lowell Sun 18
City Councilor Rodney Elliott has filed a motion for next Tuesday's meeting that seeks to ban hunting in the Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest. Full Story
Horses in danger

Windham, NH

#1 Dec 7, 2007
Cutter Farm abuts the state forest also, and the trails are used for horses, wouldn't want to see my daughter injured or her horse, thinking her horse was a deer.
Lowell

Chelmsford, MA

#2 Dec 7, 2007
We need more tree huggers in the area! The dog should have been tied up!!
Frank

Watertown, MA

#3 Dec 7, 2007
leash law baby, leash law.
Bob

Verona, WI

#5 Dec 7, 2007
Expect a lawsuit Mr. Elliot that will tie this decision up in court for many years to come, are the residents of lowell ready to pay for that?
May

Easton, MA

#6 Dec 7, 2007
Go Elliot!! Dracut needs to do the same. Im not against Hunting but Im Pro- recreation use in the forest.
relieved

Southborough, MA

#7 Dec 7, 2007
The hunters wont like this course of action, but its a tough reality that hunting and other forms of outdoor recreation in this particular location are a bad mix.
Dont blame the so-called tree huggers. It took an unleashed dog(illegal)and a hunter not using proper care when firing his weapon (also illegal) to force this situation.
Instead, we can all thank the tree huggers for the creation and preservation of this open land in the first place, and thier continued efforts to save it for everyone.
Erika

Cambridge, MA

#8 Dec 7, 2007
It's not about the dog being tied up, this could have been a child. I am also not against hunting and understand the necessity of it, sport and the food however such a highly polulated area. Tough decision all around. But let's stop bashing of Smokey's mom and giving hunters a bad name because of one complete loser with a gun.
Outdoorsman

Warren, RI

#9 Dec 7, 2007
All the treehuggers, bikers, hikers and what not have no complaint, nor will any suit be legal. All the fees raised to not only purchase the land, but also to maintain and operate the state forests, come out of the sales of hunting and fishing licenses and the associated land stamp.

Untill a recreational land stamp fee is attached to the sales of mountain bikes, binoculars, hiking boots or there are permits sold to persue such activities with the attached lands stamp none of them have more rights to be in those woods than hunters who have paid the way for all of tehm to have a place to use without hunters present for 9 months out of the year. Use your brain the other 3 months and wear orange and dont let your dog run free in the woods where people are hunting for deer with guns because just like licensed drivers not all of them are smart.
Mike

Sharon, MA

#10 Dec 7, 2007
Hunting is one of the priority uses of the State Forest system just the same for hiking, biking, fishing and horseback riding.

The person who shot this dog is a complete idiot. People like that give hunters a bad name. Most hunters are nothing like the person who shot this dog.

Shotgun deer season is only 12 days long out of the whole year. I don't see why there can't be a balance here. There is no need to just shut the whole place down to hunting because of the reckless act of one idiot.

The person who shot this dog is a complete idiot for certain, but the non hunting public should take some precautions to ensure a safe visit by staying on the trails, leashing their dogs and wearing hunter orange vests during the 12 day shotgun deer season.

I don't deer hunt but am a hunter and would hate to see yet another area close to home shut down to hunting. There are not many places for hunters to enjoy their activity in this area anymore.
Jason M

Lowell, MA

#11 Dec 7, 2007
While I feel for this dogs owner, it was targeted by a cruel person. Hunting in Massachusetts is shotgun only (for deer season.) If this lab was hit with a shotgun, there would be no looking for a projectile,(which passed through the animal as stated in the reports), it would be easily discernable what type of weapon killed the dog. Banning hunting is a severe over-reaction. There has been a motorized vehicle ban in the forrest for years, and that has worked out so well. Walking in the woods you have a better chance of being hit by a recreational vehicle than you do being shot by a hunter. Side note: sportsman care for the enviroment and pay/do more to keep it "green" than any other single party. don't make this type of an overreaction to a situation of a cruel person.
Gregg

Lowell, MA

#12 Dec 7, 2007
Outdoorsman wrote:
All the treehuggers, bikers, hikers and what not have no complaint, nor will any suit be legal. All the fees raised to not only purchase the land, but also to maintain and operate the state forests, come out of the sales of hunting and fishing licenses and the associated land stamp.
Untill a recreational land stamp fee is attached to the sales of mountain bikes, binoculars, hiking boots or there are permits sold to persue such activities with the attached lands stamp none of them have more rights to be in those woods than hunters who have paid the way for all of tehm to have a place to use without hunters present for 9 months out of the year. Use your brain the other 3 months and wear orange and dont let your dog run free in the woods where people are hunting for deer with guns because just like licensed drivers not all of them are smart.
I don't see signs on state forests that say hunters have more rights than the rest of the public. State forests are public property and therefore are kept up through our tax dollars. Why should everybody who uses the Lowell-Dracut State Park have to worry about being shot because they didn't were a vest. I have a better idea why don't the hunters go to a park that is not so crowded with other recreational users.
Outdoorsman

Warren, RI

#13 Dec 7, 2007
Gregg,

I dont see a sign on your forhead saying you are an ignorant ass who twists others words either but fact is fact.

I said that noone has more rights to be there than hunters. I did not say that they have less rights to be there. Hunters subsidize these public lands through the land stamp program. Noone else does, this is why it is illegal to ban hunting in state forests.

Why should everyone wear a vest? Cause it is common sense. The orange is not just to ensure rabid hunters wont mistake you for a deer. Its true purpose is so when lineing up a shot or tracking a moving deer and someone is somewhere in the background the orange stands out and allows us to back off the shot so not to risk someone in the background. If you got your head out of your ass and thought about it you would see it.
Ace

Carlisle, MA

#15 Dec 8, 2007
Every once in awhile I remind myself why I never voted for this guy. Here's a guy that has now clue what lead to this and the fact this is state land. Although I don't hunt myself I can see hunting being ban. Then an over population of deer and some night while someone is driving the next thing you know you have a deer in your windshield.
PJ Mercier

Lowell, MA

#16 Dec 8, 2007
It seems as though there are many supporters of hunting in the state forest, as well as hunters themselves. If anyone is interested in signing a petition and/or attending a city counsel meeting in support of hunting in the state forest, find my contact below.
PJ Mercier
pj.mercier@comcast.net
outdoorsman

Ashfield, MA

#17 Dec 8, 2007
Gregg, there is a big difference between a state park and a state forest. Nice try on twisting words and purposefull misinformation again.
What next Rodney

Henniker, NH

#19 Dec 8, 2007
Rodney maybe you want to ban cars in Lowell next they kill more peoples than hunters

Since: Sep 07

Lowell

#20 Dec 10, 2007
Jason M wrote:
While I feel for this dogs owner, it was targeted by a cruel person. Hunting in Massachusetts is shotgun only (for deer season.) If this lab was hit with a shotgun, there would be no looking for a projectile,(which passed through the animal as stated in the reports), it would be easily discernable what type of weapon killed the dog. Banning hunting is a severe over-reaction. There has been a motorized vehicle ban in the forrest for years, and that has worked out so well. Walking in the woods you have a better chance of being hit by a recreational vehicle than you do being shot by a hunter. Side note: sportsman care for the enviroment and pay/do more to keep it "green" than any other single party. don't make this type of an overreaction to a situation of a cruel person.
Mike -- you forgot about bow hunting...
Robert Gardner

Lowell, MA

#21 Feb 1, 2012
Gregg wrote:
<quoted text>
I don't see signs on state forests that say hunters have more rights than the rest of the public. State forests are public property and therefore are kept up through our tax dollars. Why should everybody who uses the Lowell-Dracut State Park have to worry about being shot because they didn't were a vest. I have a better idea why don't the hunters go to a park that is not so crowded with other recreational users.
Unfortunatly, the areas for hunters are getting are getting fewer and smaller, I personally hunt the Lowell Dracut State forest every year. I am willing to share the forest, and have often encountered people, pets and what not. While the signs do not give us more rights, they do give us the same rights of use. I pay for my hunting license, my fishing licencse, and my wildlands stamp, I pay addtional (more than an ordinary recreational user) for the privledge of hunting. These monies help pay for the purchase and maintence our recreational lands. How much did you pay for your right to use forest? Nobody is telling you, that you have to wear hunter orange. It's a common sense thing. Be my guest to run aroung with antlers and a brown jacket, I still wont shoot you.

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