Posted Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

The Morris County Park Commission this week started its a controlled deer hunt in accordance with its White-tailed Deer Management Program which aims to improve forest health in the parks through the management of the deer population.

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These controlled hunts, which run on select dates and in select parks through mid-February, are specifically used as a population management tool to deal with an overabundance of white-tail deer.

Hunting is by Park Commission-issued special permit only. Permits are no longer available for the 2015/16 program. Contact 973-326-7600 with any questions.

The following parks (in the list below) will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC all day on the specified dates and will only be open to hunters with special access permits.

Bow hunting is scheduled in additional Morris County Parks between now and February 2016 but these parks will remain open to the public.

Additional information, including the complete hunting schedule, can be found on the Morris County Park Commission’s website:


Black River County Park – Chester Township

Includes Cooper Mill, Kay Environmental Center, Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center and Willowwood Arboretum, and lands managed for Chester Township

December 2015 January  2016 February 2016
3 Thursday 7 Thursday 4 Thursday
10 Thursday 14 Thursday 11 Thursday
17 Thursday 21 Thursday
28 Thursday




Lewis Morris County Park – Harding, Mendham, and Morris Townships
December 2015 January  2016 February 2016
2 Wednesday 6 Wednesday 3 Wednesday
7 Monday 13 Wednesday 10 Wednesday
9 Wednesday 20 Wednesday
16 Wednesday 27 Wednesday




Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area – Kinnelon Borough; Boonton and Montville Townships
December 2015 January  2016 February 2016
3 Thursday 8 Friday 5 Friday
8 Tuesday 15 Friday 11 Thursday
10 Thursday 22 Friday
17 Thursday 29 Friday


The Morris County Park Commission features one of the region’s best park systems in the State of New Jersey.  It currently protects and maintains 18,730 acres at 38 distinct sites plus offers a year-round calendar of events and activities for all to enjoy.