Conservation Commission Chairman Tim Dziechowski, who proposed the idea, couldn’t be reached for comment.
Hunting has been banned in the town forest since 2000. Voters opted to ban it after a bullet from the forest ended up near a house.
Gustafson estimated the majority of towns in Southern New Hampshire already allow bow hunting in their town forests. Salem tried to ban bow hunting in its forest several years ago, but the proposal was rejected unanimously by the Conservation Commission.
If the measure passes, residents would have to obtain a permit from the selectmen’s office before they could hunt in the town forest.