DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
How to Apply for a Deer Hunting Permit 2013/2014
Parks closed for general public outdoor use until 12 noon, to allow for deer hunting:
December 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19
Hartshorne Woods Park
December 4, 6, 9
December 4, 9, 11, 13
Huber Woods Park
January 10, 17, 24
On June 24, 2013 the Board of Recreation Commissioners adopted the 2012/2013 Deer Annual Report. The Report includes tentative dates and maps for the 2013/2014 season. The Board of Recreation Commissioners recognizes that the hunting program, instituted in 2004, is the most efficient and effective means currently available for reducing the population of white-tailed deer at designated county park locations. The Board and staff will continue to pursue the implementation of other, non-lethal management methods of the white-tailed deer when suitable options become available.
As a conservation and recreation agency, the Park System acquires and manages land both for resource protection and recreation opportunities. Responsible land stewardship and resource protection require that wildlife and its habitat be managed for the benefit of all animals and plants. When the dominance or behavior of a particular species threatens the well being of others, active intervention is required. The growth and density of the State's deer population and its consumption of native plant materials that are vital to a healthy forest and as food and shelter to birds and small mammals constitute a problem requiring active intervention.
Requests for a hard copy of the report and any questions and comments about the program should be directed to the Park System by telephone at 732-842-4000, ext. 4237; by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by mail at Monmouth County Park System, Attn: Public Information Office, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738.
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