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Letter: Lancaster should amend bow hunting regulations

Lancaster should amend bow hunting regulations

Count me as another Lancaster resident who wants Lancaster officials to change the number of feet from homes a bow hunter can shoot to 500 instead of 150.

While the law now may state that a bow hunter can shoot his razor-sharp arrows 150 feet from homes, the deer that have been impaled by the bow hunter’s arrows have no such limit to how far they can run.

Hunting magazines and bow hunting manuals warn bow hunters to become proficient at following blood trails. Even hunters have acknowledged it is rare that arrowed deer will die immediately when hit. Bow hunters are told to wait anywhere from minutes to many hours before tracking their victims, depending on where the arrow struck. Otherwise, they could push the deer even further before it collapses and bleeds to death.

Impaled, bleeding deer could end up in neighbors’ yards. The bow hunter’s victims would hardly limit their dying moments to within the 50-feet property lines. If the deer hasn’t bled to death before found, said bow hunter will have to shoot it again.

Neighbors have every right to be concerned. The bow hunter describes his strip of land as a “nature lover’s paradise.” Hardly a paradise for those who have to worry about bleeding animals ending up in their kids’ play areas.

They also have to wonder if the other wildlife mentioned will become attractive targets for said bow hunter. Coyote hunting season is six months, both night and day.

Rita Mills