Belchertown Police looking for person who shot, killed deer near homes

Crime

Police are looking for an individual who they say shot and killed a deer within 500 feet of several residences Saturday. 

According to the Belchertown Police Department, police were called to the area of 900 Federal Street at approximately 4:47 p.m. for a report of a deer being shot near several houses. 

After investigating, police found that an unknown individual had stood along the edge of a field and shot the deer.

Police said the spot where the individual was said to have stood was within 500 feet of nearby residences as well as multiple houses through the tree line, and horses on the back side of the field.

Some local residents don’t mind deer hunting, as long as they follow the regulations. 

“I mean, don’t over-hunt because that can diminish the population and people won’t be able to enjoy it,” said Elizabeth Rogalski of South Hadley. “Just follow the rules.”

The law states you must be farther than 500 feet from any building in use when hunting unless authorized by the owner, and over 150 feet away from any state or hard-surfaced highway. 

The state of Massachusetts’ etiquette for hunting on private lands says to ask permission, respect requests by the landowner, understand where you can drive, provide the landowner with your information, and know the boundaries of the land. 

The individual is said to have driven away towards the center of town on Federal Street in what is described as a red Ford F-350 diesel with a flatbed on the back. The truck in question could also possibly have a ladder rack.

The incident is being looked into by the Belchertown and Environmental Police. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call police at 413-323-6685.

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