The Abbecombec Marshes are part of the preserved common land jointly held by lot owners in the gated development where I’m building my new home. It’s gated due to some extreme deer poaching issues they had in recent years. A couple of bad apples spoiling access to this pristine natural wonder for the rest of the community.
The consensus among the owners I’ve met, even one who was threatened by a trespassing hunter he confronted for illegal hunting, is that they respect and wish to allow the long time residents of the area to continue to have access to fish, clam, berry-pick, even hunt responsibly, as they have for generations, but for now safety of residents and conservation of the wildlife is a priority. Hopefully someday, free access can be restored to all, but for now you can’t just drive in the front gate and shoot 25 deer and throw them in your truck and drive out.