The Town Council agreed at their meeting Monday night to consult with the Town’s attorneys before moving forward with drafting an ordinance to address concerns with target shooting in the Musquash Conservation Area.
Proposals for addressing safety concerns with shooting on the 1,000 acre parcel, established in 1979 by the Conservation Commission and expanded upon with easements the Town and State purchased, ranged from banning “unlawful” shooting throughout the entire town to a complete ban on discharging firearms in the Musquash. The Council also discussed limiting recreational use in the Musquash to hunting during hunting season.
“I think the problem is shooting, not target shooting,” said Councilor Tom Freda, adding he learned through New Hampshire Fish and Game that four people died in New Hampshire from hunting accidents between 2001 and 2010. “We need to ban all shooting in the Musquash. If we ban target shooting, we only ensure any future injury will be done by a hunter.”