Sunday gun hunting issue forthcoming on Brighton council agenda

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Brighton council is expected to soon take a stab at exploring the issue of Sunday gun hunting in the municipality.

​Currently, hunting is not permitted in Brighton on Sundays.

​Municipal staff just closed a 60-day consultation period for the public to review and consider policy amendments related to Sunday gun hunting. The policy amendments propose council authorizes Sunday gun hunting and amends a bylaw to prohibit the discharge of firearms within 200 metres of lands designated as shoreline residential within the Brighton Official Plan.

​“Staff are collating the various comments,” Brighton CAO Bob Casselman told council during a recent meeting.

​“We’ve gotten quite a few, quite frankly. Once we’ve had an opportunity to collate the responses to the draft plan, we’ll be bringing forward some recommendations for council’s consideration. The earliest would be at the next council meeting (April 19) dependent on how quickly we get through the various pieces of input,” Casselman said.

​Brighton resident Monty Bourke would like to see the ban continue when it comes to Sunday hunting. He presented the municipality with a petition containing signatures in support of maintaining the ban.

​Meanwhile, Brighton resident Don Mattison recently prepared a letter to council regarding Sunday hunting, which he shared with the Independent.

​“It has stirred up a lot of controversy on both sides of the fence,” Mattison said.

​“Social media has just gone nuts with comments against one another, both for and against.”

​Mattison has proposed there be no Sunday duck hunting allowed south of Lake Shore Road, Presqu'ile Parkway, Harbour Street to County Road 64 to Stoney Point Road. Hunting for deer, turkeys, et cetera would be allowed, he suggested. “This would be mostly in the south-eastern end of the township. The balance of the township to the north of this zone to be open to Sunday hunting.”

​Mattison has been lobbying for about two years to have Sunday gun hunting permitted locally and he presented the municipality with a petition of support for lifting the ban.

Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Northumberland News