Nov 22, 2015 10:52 AM

Milford mobile home park residents complain about stray birdshot from pheasant hunters

MILFORD - Residents of local mobile home park are complaining about being in the line of fire when it comes to pheasant hunters.

According to The Telegraph of Nashua, Esther Thayer has been hit in the back and in the face with pellets and she and other neighbors have had birdshot hit their homes and cars over the years.

Thayer, 81, lives in Riverside Mobile Home Park, near one of two areas in Milford where the state Fish and Game Department stocks pheasants every fall.

From Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 each year, Thayer and her neighbors have to be wary whenever they're outside during the day.

Hunters don't seem to realize how far their shots can carry, she said.

This year, Thayer and her neighbors petitioned the Fish and Game Department to stop stocking pheasant in the privately-owned cornfield near the mobile home park.

Sgt. Todd Szewczyk, a Fish and Game conservation officer, said he would recommend an end to stocking pheasants in the field. Along with the petition from the park residents, he also received complaints from a nearby business and from the driver of a car that was hit on Elm Street.

Hunters "are not paying attention" when they're swinging their weapons on game, he said.

"It's unfortunate, because they are ruining it for everyone else," Szewczyk said.

The lead pellets that pheasant hunters use can travel 700 feet. From that distance, they wouldn't hurt anyone seriously, he said, "but it's unnerving to have it rain" down.

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