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Posted Thursday, December 5th, 2019

The Morris County Park Commission this month will begin its annual controlled deer hunt in accordance with its White-tailed Deer Management Program, which aims to improve forest health through management of the deer population. These controlled hunts are specifically used as a population management tool.Morris Parks: 2019/2020 Deer Management Program Park Closures

County parks listed below will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC for limited periods for firearm hunting on the specified dates, and only will be open to hunters with special access permits.

Bow hunting is scheduled in additional Morris County parks between through February but these parks are remaining open to the public.

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


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 2019 January  2020
9 Monday 9 Thursday
12 Thursday 16 Thursday
19 Thursday


Lewis Morris County Park

Harding, Mendham, and Morris Townships

December 2019 January 2020
11 Wednesday 8 Wednesday
13 Friday 15 Wednesday
18 Wednesday

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 20,197acres at 38 distinct sites plus offers a year-round calendar of events and activities for all to enjoy.