Despite Some Pushback, Oak Bluffs Stays the Course on Deer Hunt Idea

Oak Bluffs selectmen Tuesday decided to stay the course after revisiting their decision to back an expanded deer hunting season on the Island.

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Selectmen in Three Towns Join the Call for Added Deer Hunt

Amid growing concern about Lyme disease, selectmen in Edgartown, Aquinnah and West Tisbury this week agreed to join the call for adding another two-week deer hunt next January.

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Oak Bluffs, Chilmark Unanimously Back Extra Deer Hunt

Selectmen in Oak Bluffs and Chilmark last night threw their full support behind a plan to add a second two-week shotgun season for deer in January next year.

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Access to Martha's Vineyard Hunting Lands Is Limited
The Vineyard has more deer per square mile than most areas in the state, but most of land remains off limits to hunting.
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Deer Culling Discussed Amid Worry Over Tick Diseases
Martha’s Vineyard may soon join a growing list of communities in New England that have taken aim at white-tailed deer to reduce tick populations.
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More Deer Equals More Lyme Disease
There appears to be considerable confusion about ticks, the role of their different host animals and what can be reasonably be done to reduce the high incidence of Lyme disease.
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Spare the Deer, Spoil the Tick Population
Our Island and neighboring areas are faced with a full-blown epidemic of these diseases. Accordingly, we need to plan and act.
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Shotgun Hunting Season Begins

Hunter orange is showing up around the Island Monday as the two-week shotgun hunting season gets underway. The season runs through Dec. 12; hunting hours begin half an hour before sunrise and end half an hour after sunset.

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Large Deer Population Is Food for Thought and the Table
Shotgun hunting season opened last week, and runs through Dec. 13. In addition to putting food on the table, the season is essential for gathering the data used to manage the deer population.
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Deer and Birds

At first glance, it seems unlikely that there is a connection between the abundance of white-tailed deer and the long-term documented decline of many songbirds. But let’s take a closer look.

Amazingly enough, deer used to be scarce, with low populations nationwide prior to 1900. Their populations rebounded once restrictions on hunting were put in place and now they are incredibly abundant, making this perhaps one of the most successful wildlife conservation efforts ever.

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