Codorus park needs year-round safe zone
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#1 Sep 14, 2008
First your statements are only partly correct. There are areas of the park that are safety zones. All the boat launching areas are off limits to hunting. The marina area and the area where the band concerts are held are both safety zones and not open to hunting. You can still picnic and walk in those areas.
As a hunter I have encounter hikers and horseback riders in the Sinsime Road area while hunting and respected their use of the park but one thing I noticed is that they usually aren't wearing orange which anyone should when walking, riding or jogging in a hunting area.
Most of the lake is not really open to hunting. There is duck hunting along the shore line but if you use your head and don't boat where you see a bunch of decoys or out in the middle of the lake you are fine.
Secondly I would not acuse the hunters of chasing people away. The later you get into the fall and winter until nice weather starts in late spring people's lives change and being at the park is not what they do. I think you will find this at any state park hunting allowed or not. Look at Gettysburg and find out how much things taper off after Labor day and there is no hunting allowed there. Kids are in school. There are other activities that occupy people's time.
#2 Sep 15, 2008
Excellent rebuttal. As a hunter also who has hunted in the park, I have not seen many families out there picnicking and things like that while I have been hunting. I have run across the occasional hiker or horse back rider and you are correct that some of them don't wear bright orange. Then again I have seen joggers in the morning before daylight not wearing anything to make it easier for motorist to see them either. I do know that the people I hunt with always put safety first and know what their target is before shooting. I have never seen or heard of a kid running and screaming that there are hunters in the woods. If you are really concerned about the safety of the people who come to the park, how about writing to enforce the no swimming rules, and making it illegal to go boating, since there have been more accidents in the park from those than from hunting.
#3 Sep 16, 2008
you should do some research into who provides the majority of the funding for the park to stay open. You will find it is HUNTING LISCENSE FEES, not hiking trail fees, horse trail riding fees, etc. Oh, that's right, there aren't any fees associated with these activities.
Also, as stated above, you see less families because the weather has changed and kids are now at school during most daylight hours.
you want 'safe zones'. well all hunters abide by safety zone restrictions and the park has even more stringent safety zones by eliminating some ground near highly populated areas.
and safety....i don't have actual figures, but i can almost guarentee you that more people are injured each year in Codorus from riding accidents and hiking / running injuries. Most hunting injuries are self-inflicted. And, unfortunately, though very very rarely does it occur, you are just as likely to be struck by a stray bullet in ones backyard on private property as you would be if walking in the park. It takes someone to have a lack of judgement. It has nothing to do with keeping hunters out of certain areas.
#4 Sep 16, 2008
"They don't understand that they are safe on Sunday, but not other days."
just saw this little gem of a quote....how are they not safe on other days. Do you teach your kids that? What a disservice.
#5 Aug 5, 2010
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