Call it truth in advertising: Last week, the Reston Association gave homeowners on Sourwood Lane in Hunters Woods permission to hold a controlled deer hunt. It's the fourth time in recent years that such a hunt has been approved by the RA, and a motion to defer the decision until September did not pass.
Now the Washington Post news-paper has written about it in the context of broader deer-management strategies across the county:
RA President Ken Knueven said Reston would be taking a wider look at the issue this fall, and “I think we need to address this by tying it to the bigger efforts being made by the county and state,” such as the hunts run by Fairfax County. “If we’re all doing it together maybe we can have a greater impact.” David Burns, a Reston resident who spoke against the hunt, said he urged the Reston board to “defer this until you can put this into the broader perspective of overall deer management.” He also felt that a wider discussion about deer had yet to occur in Reston, originally designed as an ecologically friendly community.The decision has been more fraught with emotion than past requests, though both the majority of nearby residents and those who spoke at the public hearing were in favor of the hunt.
Let's not forget, though, that way back in ought-seven, the RA lost a lawsuit after it had previously denied permission to two Buckthorn Lane residents who wanted to allow bow hunts on their property. The powerful Archery Trade Association takes no prisoners! That decision allowed the RA to make its own rules about whether to allow such hunts, but because of all the lawyering, they need
Hence the 42-page document on the hunting request. And it has it all!
Photos of deer:
The map that uncannily resembles a presidential election map:
And our favorite: A photo showing exactly what tree the bow hunter will climb to take potshots at the unsuspecting fauna:
We'll look forward to a more comprehensive approach to managing deer than the periodic requests to be rid of them in various leafy neighborhoods. In the meantime, we'll be sure to steer far clear of that tree on our daily constitutionals, the end.