Dover officials are upping the ante on deer this hunting season, recruiting private land owners to allow experienced bowhunters on their property as part of a program taking aim at the herds carrying ticks that can spread Lyme disease.
Along with Sudbury, Medfield, and Weston, Dover has allowed licensed, well-vetted bowhunters to go after deer on public land in recent years; this year’s state bowhunting season starts Monday and runs through Nov. 30.
But people who are overseeing the hunt in Dover see the deer problem as a regional one, and not all nearby communities participate in control efforts.
“We are still trying to get other towns involved,” said Barbara Roth-Schechter, who heads the Dover Board of Health’s Lyme Disease Committee.
Dover officials are expanding their effort and actively recruiting private land owners for the program, which will have 62 hunters involved, all of whom have 15 to 20 years of experience, according to George Giunta, a deer management agent for the town committee, who said there is also a significant waiting list of qualified hunters.
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