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Posted Friday, November 17th, 2017

Morris County Parks: 2017-18 White-Tailed Deer Management ProgramThe Morris County Park Commission will conduct its annual controlled deer hunt in 2017 starting on Monday (Nov. 20) at Lewis Morris County Park, with hunting set to occur at various county parks through early February,  in  accordance with its White-tailed Deer Management Program.

That program aims to improve forest health in the parks through the management of the deer population. The controlled hunts are specifically used as a population management tool.

The parks in the lists below — Lewis Morris, Schooley’s Mountain, and Black River facilities — will allow firearm hunting, so they will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC all day on the specified dates. They only will be open on those days to hunters who have obtained special access permits.

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

You can find the complete hunting schedule on the Morris County Park Commission’s website:

List of Parks and Dates to be Closed for Firearm Hunting:

Black River Facilities – Chester Township

Includes Cooper Gristmill, Elizabeth D. Kay Environmental Center, Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center and Willowwood Arboretum, and lands managed for Chester Township

December 2017 January  2018 February 2018
4 Monday 4 Thursday 1 Thursday
7 Thursday 11 Thursday 8 Thursday
14 Thursday 18 Thursday
25 Thursday


Lewis Morris County Park – Harding, Mendham, and Morris Townships
November 2017 December 2017 January 2018 February 2018
20 Monday 6 Wednesday 3 Wednesday 7 Wednesday
13 Wednesday 10 Wednesday
17 Wednesday
24 Wednesday
31 Wednesday


Schooley’s Mountain County Park – Washington Township
December 2017 January  2018 February 2018
5 Tuesday 2 Tuesday 6 Tuesday
15 Friday 9 Tuesday
16 Tuesday
23 Tuesday
30 Tuesday