Duck Hunting Ban Called for on Fort Pond

Resident on Montauk pond has started a petition "danger to those who live near its shoreline."

With duck hunting season just around the corner, starting on Sunday through the end of January, one waterfront resident of a Montauk pond has already had enough.

According to the East Hampton Star, a duck blind was constructed in the northwest corner of Fort Pond and has since been moved, following the outcry of Jane Bimson, who lives nearby and is petitioning for a hunting ban on the pond.

Close to 120 people have reportedly signed the petition, which called hunting a danger to people who live near the pond as well as those who use the pond recreationally during hunting season.

While local municipalities are not permitted to regulate hunting laws themselves, they can dictate whether or not to permit hunting within their jurisdiction. The East Hampton Town Hunting Guide does not mention Fort Pond as an area where waterfowl hunting is permitted – nor as one where it is specifically prohibited. Department of Environmental Conservation laws state that as long as hunters fire away from the shore, there is no distance requirements for duck blinds.

After a brief three-day duck season last weekend, the 2012-2013 season for ducks, coots and mergansers commences for good on Sunday and is set to end on Jan. 27.

Click here to read the entire article on the East Hampton Star.

do you even lift? November 30, 2012 at 02:40 PM
they don't even lift.
Preliator November 30, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Yes, just ban everything, ban it all.
tm November 30, 2012 at 05:27 PM
clearly that isnt what they are trying to do.
TTTT November 30, 2012 at 06:22 PM
For those of us who live on a creek or harbor or bay - and we have for over 30 years - to suddenly have a duck blind appear and hear the shooting in the wee hours of the morning - can be disconcerting. There's a hiking trail in the preserve opposite our home, and despite the folks telling us that the hunters shoot UP and not toward property, it can still be a risk for the kayakers and walkers in the area ... we find shell casings washing up on our shore on a regular basis and fishermen are still coming in and out of Hands Creek in rowboats ... so perhaps the hunters near us need to find an area that is farther away from all this activity. We're not saying we're against hunting, we just want it done safely.
TTTT November 30, 2012 at 06:23 PM
My point being I completely understand the folks with the concern on Fort Pond.
pat December 01, 2012 at 01:06 PM
There will be knee-jerk reactions (well, maybe just jerk reactions) when, hopefully a ban is instituted. The death of freedom, blah blah. But if those same complainers who think they should be able to shoot ducks in even a flooded IGA parking lot can't find the many areas out here where hunting is permitted, and there is space for it, they just plain need to pack up and leave. So tired of the crotchety leading the smart out here. Isn't it time you flew south for the winter?
transplanted Bub December 01, 2012 at 07:52 PM
TTTT- Something you should understand though, is that most all areas labeled as OK for waterfowl hunting in east hampton township are controlled by the east hampton trustees. any duckblinds set in the creeks are regulated by the trustees-they have to have a permit for it, and there are only a certain number of blinds allowed in certain areas. Living near the water doesn't mean that you own the water and can control what goes on in it. Everyone has to coexist together-one group can't just take claim to an area. Take Sammys beach for example. There are a few duck blinds set there, but since the scalloping is so good this year, the place is packed with waders and boaters going for scallops. Guys aren't going to be going for the ducks with people wading 100 yards away from them.
transplanted Bub December 01, 2012 at 07:52 PM
also, for what it's worth, the loads that waterfowl hunters are using in their shotguns are really only "effective" to about 40-50 yards. Past that, and you're not going to be doing any major harm to someone/something. What the article doesn't mention is what the law states regarding discharge of firearms when waterfowl hunting- "You cannot discharge a firearm or bow within 500 feet of any school, playground, occupied factory or church. You cannot discharge a firearm or bow within 500 feet of a dwelling, farm building, or structure unless you own it, lease it, are an immediate member of the family, an employee, or have the owner's consent. This does not apply to the discharge of a shotgun over water when hunting migratory game birds and no dwelling, public structure, livestock, or person is in the line of fire." This is why the DEC allows for ONLY waterfowl hunting to be done so relatively close to houses.
Brian December 05, 2012 at 12:32 PM
You may have lived her for 30 years, 20 years, 50 years, whatever, but hunting has been around a lot longer ten that. So when ou build your house on the water that means I'm supposed to pack up my and stop doing what our ancestors have been doing since the beginning? I don't think so. Fact is duck hunting season is open for 2 months out o the year, you get the remaining 10 months to enjoys scenery, kayak, trail walk or whatever. Also how are you goin to kayak or row row row your boat when the water freezes? Plain and simple people who live on the water don't want to be waking up to the sound of gun shoots at 6:15am. You made the decision to build or buy on the water, so now take the good with the bad. World doesn't stop or change for you. Suck it up and deal with it.
Alexander Kambanis December 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Disheartening and appalling. Long Island is a dark shadow of the sportsman's paradise it once was. Duck hunting, once apart of the fiber of Eastern Long Island, has been replaced by disgusting summer mcmansions and uncouth nouveau riche clowns. The same individuals whose homes are built on marshland, completely decimating an ecosystem, have the audacity to protest a beautiful American pastime. Shame!
Robert Max Akkala December 17, 2012 at 07:47 AM
i think the best thing about this whole petition is that the lady who started it "Jane Bimson" also works for the East Hampton Star so the Star will go with her side over any ethical hunter. She also lives near Rushmyers, Sole East, and the Surf Lodge and they have loud music until about 1 or 2 in the morning so why doesn't she complain about that?


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