To the editor, In the interest of clearing up the misinformation in a recent letter that invites bow hunters into “surrounding communities and some county parks”, I called both the NYS and Westchester County Parks Departments. This is what I learned.
- No hunting is permitted in any NYS park in Westchester, with the exception of a special program in the Rockefeller Preserve in Pocantico. This is limited to 15 hunters and 5 alternates who are chosen by annual lottery, given special training beyond what NYS requires for a hunting license and is strictly monitored. Each participant is limited to a doe and buck: there are no special permits for taking does. The nearest NYS park is which open hunting is allowed is Fahnestock State Park in Putnam County.
- No hunting is permitted in any Westchester County park, other than the limited bow hunting program in Ward Pound Ridge Reservation and Lasdon/Muscoot Park that is just for specially trained and certified hunters.
- No hunting is permitted on municipal property in the town of Cortlandt, including town parks. Hunting is permitted on private property per NYS regulations: specifically, hunters must be licensed, hours are limited to ½ hours after sunrise and ½ hour after sunset, no hunting is allowed within 500 feet of a dwelling, except with the express permission of the property owner. Hunters may, however, pursue a wounded animal onto private property unless the property is either posted or fenced.
- At this writing, I was not able to find out what is allowed by the Village and Town of Ossining
- The invitation for Croton hunters to hunt in “surrounding communities and some county parks” is inaccurate and irresponsible and should not mislead anyone into hunting where this activity is not legal.
Sincerely, Karen Jescavage-Bernard