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Board seeks more deer-hunt properties

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The Dover Board of Health’s Lyme Disease Committee wants to expand the deer management plan that has allowed a bow-hunting season on town-owned conservation land and some private parcels to include more private property. The hunting season, which has been held from mid-October through December since 2010, was launched as a way to reduce the incidence of Lyme disease, which is spread by deer ticks, and help preserve forests and “our backyards” by culling the local deer population, according to the town’s website. Residents interested in opening their properties to the limited deer-hunting program can obtain information on the committee’s website, www.doverlyme.com. Last season, bow hunters killed 29 deer — 18 does and 11 bucks — in Dover, according to the website.

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