While walking my dogs in Manor Park today (50 degrees, sunny !) I was distressed to see three intrepid hunters, fully decked out in camouflage regalia, shooting ducks from a similarly attired pontoon boat! The hunters were an arthritic’s stone’s throw from the rocks – and needless to saying their prey were “sitting ducks” – possibly one of the large flock of silver sided Scaup that have taken residence in Larchmont Harbor, or one of the adorable Buffleheads – the white ones with the black racing stripes – or perhaps one of the many Ruddy ducks with the chestnut breasts and baby blue beaks that have recently joined the flocks in the harbor.
The “sport” involved was probably less than that achieved at Playland – as there are so many more targets.
A quick call to the police affirmed that hunting off Manor Park is legal.
This is probably not what most of the strollers in the park are expecting on a Sunday morning – and I wonder if the hunters can be trusted to keep their shots over the water – they are exceptionally close to a large number of unsuspecting walkers, kids climbing all over the rocks, not to mention infants in strollers.
Should hunters be allowed unrestricted access to the waters so close to Manor Park?