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Oct 11, 2016 5:06 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Hunters For Deer, Sag Harbor Village Police Clash Over Village Law

Hunters For Deer Inc. and the Village of Sag Harbor are at odds over a law enacted last October prohibiting hunting in the boundaries of Sag Harbor Village.  PRESS FILE
Oct 13, 2016 11:52 AM

A local advocacy organization and the Village of Sag Harbor are at odds over a new local law enacted a year ago that bans all hunting, trapping or “pursuing wildlife” within the village’s boundaries.

On Friday, Christian Killoran, the vice president of the East Quogue-based nonprofit corporation Hunters for Deer, went to State Supreme Court in Riverhead to challenge the law enacted in October of last year. According to Mike Tessitore, president of Hunters for Deer, state law maintains that bow hunting can occur on private property as long as the hunter has consent from the property owner, and there is a 150-foot setback between where the hunter will discharge an arrow and any non-consenting homeowner. The village cannot supersede that law, he maintains.

“Sag Harbor, last year, wasn’t happy that we were hunting in the village, so they passed a law saying that we could no longer hunt within the village boundaries,” Mr. Tessitore said, adding that his organization has talked with the village’s former attorney, Fred Thiele, about their concerns with the law.

The court action was prompted by two incidents this month involving Derrick Ring, a 45-year-old Bohemia resident and a member of Hunters for Deer. He was bow hunting at a private property in the village on Saturday, October 1, when Village Police approached him and warned him not to hunt on private property. Hunters for Deer asked State Supreme Court Justice Gerard Asher to order the village to show cause for the incident. Justice Asher gave the village a week to respond and declined to grant an immediate temporary restraining order, which allows the village ban to remain in place.

On Friday, less than a week after the original incident, Mr. Ring was issued a ticket for violating village code and released.

Hunters for Deer—the group’s focus is on using legal hunting to control deer populations—will be filing a civil lawsuit against the village for unlawful arrest on Mr. Ring’s behalf, Mr. Killoran said, and also will be taking a closer look at similar bans in other villages in the region. “We’re prepared to do what’s necessary to change these laws,” Mr. Killoran said.

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Stop it! Just what my 4 year old grandson needed to see a hunter dragging a dying bloody deer out of the wooded area near our house. STOP IT!
By disappointed (96), wainscott on Oct 12, 16 11:53 AM
Or, ya know, get shot in the face. They have plenty of territory to hunt. And if their area is getting encroached on by developers maybe they should talk to them and not endanger the welfare of others.
By johnj (1019), Westhampton on Oct 12, 16 1:38 PM
Why, is your precious little grandson so sheltered he doesn't know what hunting is or where his food comes from? You know ever one keeps beating the drum that the east end is a rural place but when you do rural things you get a bunch of ninnies whining and crying. Don't like hunting, go move to the city, you can live with a whole bunch of animals.
By Preliator Lives (431), Obamavillie on Oct 13, 16 6:59 AM
Typical UTI's just jump in trees all over east end with total disrespect for anyone's personal property. Been going on for a long time, Southampton town needs to implement law like East Hampton that only residents with issued permits are permitted to hunt within township, not non-residents just like waterfowl hunting. UTI's have total disrespect for local, and game laws as well. Stay up west bunch of Joey's!!!
By Woodpecker (8), Southampton on Oct 12, 16 5:11 PM
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UTI- Urinary Tract Infection?
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Oct 12, 16 6:36 PM
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By bigfresh (4590), north sea on Oct 13, 16 7:05 AM
Yup! Typical UTI'S that for sure !!! Need to stay in their own trees.

LOL!!! UTI...Urinary Tract Infection...Up The Island...same difference ...both an annoyance !
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Oct 13, 16 7:44 AM
Less deer = Less cases of Lymes diseases and Less farm crop and vegetation being destroyed. How hard is this to figure out?

Change the law and cull the deer
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Oct 13, 16 7:49 AM
No one's disputing their right to hunt, but why do they need to hunt within the Village? And no, I didn't read the article.
By johnj (1019), Westhampton on Oct 13, 16 1:48 PM
I agree this is not the place to hunt deer
By Ditch Bum (893), Water Mill on Oct 20, 16 2:16 PM
How is anyone legally hunting within a village that has a no discharge law on the books?
By LimaBeans (1), Southampton on Oct 13, 16 6:21 PM
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Disappointed, do you know where meat, milk eggs and the like come from??? You should teach your children where and how you get this to feed the family. My niece at age 4 watched us cut up a deer for steaks, hamburger and stews. Did not make her a bad mother later in life.
My farmer uncle had a piglet, they kids asked if he had a name, pork chop... They kids knew...
By knitter (1895), Southampton on Oct 13, 16 7:42 PM
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Love every bit of this statement Knitter !! Your niece is prob an amazing mother due to her influences as a child. Bravo
By toes in the water (884), southampton on Oct 14, 16 9:30 AM
Where inside the village limits is there a piece of property more than 300' across?
By bird (824), Sag Harbor on Oct 14, 16 7:01 PM
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