Posted Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

The Morris County Park Commission is conducting a controlled firearms deer hunt starting this week and running periodically through the winter at several  parks across the county.

deer-3The hunts are being held 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.

These controlled hunts are specifically used as a population management tool.

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

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 Townshipdeer

December 1, 8 15; January 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9

Lewis Morris County Park – Harding, Mendham, and Morris Townships

November 21, 30; December 7, 14; January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8

Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area – Kinnelon Borough; Boonton and Montville Townships

November 22; December 1, 8, 15; January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10

Bow hunting is scheduled in additional Morris County Parks between now and February 2017 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.