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Burlington opens landlocked forest to bowhunters

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Bowhunters can take aim at deer in Burlington’s so-called landlocked forest this fall after the Board of Selectmen approved regulations designed to ensure the sport does not pose a hazard to other users of the 250-acre site.

From Oct. 21 to Dec. 31, excluding Sundays — the state bowhunting season for deer — up to 30 archers will be allowed to hunt in the town-owned parcel, which is called “landlocked” because Burlington residents, separated from the site by Route 3, can access it only through Bedford and Lexington.

The adoption of the rules, developed by a committee that included bowhunters and those who had safety concerns, officially ended months of discussion and debate in town over whether the forest, which is widely used by walkers, mountain bikers, and others, should be open to archery. In June, selectmen had voted to allow the bowhunting subject to its later adoption of rules.

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