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Park Commission to conduct deer management program at Baldpate Mountain

Post Date:10/06/2017 3:34 PM
HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The Mercer County Park Commission will conduct a deer management program at Baldpate Mountain on select days from Dec. 4, 2017, through Feb. 10, 2018. This program is a method for reducing the overabundant deer herd in the greater Hopewell Valley area. The Baldpate Mountain Deer Management Program is open only to participants who have applied and been accepted to the program.

The deer management program is open for permit and winter bow, six-day firearm, permit shotgun and permit muzzleloader hunting. Hunting will take place Monday through Saturday, 30 minutes prior to sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset with no hunting taking place on Dec. 25. The park will be closed to the public Wednesday through Saturday. The park will remain open for public use on Monday and Tuesday, when only bow hunting will be permitted.

Each entrance and trailhead to Baldpate Mountain will be posted with a large bright orange “closed” sign as a reminder to the public that the program is taking place. The deer management program complies with all of the hunting regulations set by the State; in addition, the Park Commission has adopted County rules for the program. All hunting must be done from an elevated tree stand; hunters are not permitted to hunt from the ground. There is no shooting across park trails.

Beginning this season, the Park Commission will be making a conscious effort to donate harvested deer to the Hunters Helping the Hungry program. A percentage of each program registration fee will be allocated toward paying the required donation for butchering fees. In addition, the Park Commission will transport harvested deer for donation on scheduled Saturdays throughout the season.

Interested parties should visit www.mercercountyparks.org/activities/deer-management or call (609) 303-0706 for program rules and regulations, application and zone maps for hunting. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served bases starting Monday, Oct. 16, in person or via mail at the Historic Hunt House 197 Blackwell Road, Pennington N.J. 08534. Applications must be received by Friday, Nov. 3.

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