Niagara Gazette

January 16, 2013

Newfane: Please don't shoot the ducks

Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — The Newfane Town Board will have a public hearing at 6:45 p.m. on Jan 23 to adopt of local law prohibiting the discharge of fire arms off the East and West Piers in Olcott Beach.

According to Supervisor Tim Horanburg, people have been shooting at ducks from the piers off Lake Ontario and causing an insurance complication and noise nuisance.

In late December, the supervisor learned from the Army Corps of Engineers that the town has a 25-year lease to maintain the piers. The lease runs through 2023.

That's good, Horanburg said. The lease allows the town to maintain access to the piers and keep them clean and open to public.

"Recently, there have been duck hunters on the pier shooting ducks," he said. "With our insurance, we can't allow that to continue. The law takes care of our liability."

The insurance certificate does not allow shooting guns from the pier. The town is insured with Selective, through First Niagara Risk Management.

Horanburg said he can hear the gunshots from his home in Olcott Beach. 

"It annoys a lot of people there," he said. "Over water the sound just travels."