2004 - 2005 CONTROLLED HUNT PROGRAM
FOR TOWNSHIP PARK PRESERVES
The goal of the controlled hunting program is to manage wildlife on Township owned park preserve and open space areas without excessively conflicting with park users or park neighbors.
The specific objective of the 2004-2005 controlled hunting program is to reduce the population of white tailed deer on four Township owned tracts totaling approximately 600 acres to reduce agricultural crop damage, motorist accidents with deer, and to restore or improve forest health by reducing overbrowze of the forest understory. A multi-year controlled hunting program is designed to decrease the deer herd on these lands by approximately one-half, to an average of 20 deer per square mile, in a program consistent with state regulations.
Although the presence of hunters in parks does not present a real danger to park visitors based on hunting accident statistics, enjoyment for many park visitors is reduced by the known presence of hunters, by the sound of gunfire, by the sight of hunters, and by the sight of dead deer or deer viscera. This plan balances hunting and forest management activities with continued passive recreational uses of these parks however, some members of the public will avoid visiting parks that are open to hunting.
Four Township owned tracts- the Evans Preserve of approximately 100 acres, Tiger Brook Park south tract encompassing approximately 270 acres, the MacGregor Preserve of approximately 110 acres and the new Telcordia Tract of approximately 100 acres will be opened for the hunting of white tailed deer.
Evans/Telcordia will be considered one combined hunting permit area, and Tiger Brook/MacGregor will be considered one combined hunting permit area.
White Tailed Deer Hunting will be open on the following weekdays only beginning the first Monday in November and continuing through February 19th of the following year, only during the noted firearm and bow hunting seasons established by the New Jersey Fish and Game Council and approved for hunting by the Township of Chester:
Permit Bow November 1 to 30, 2004 excluding Saturdays, Sundays and
November 25 and 26, 2004; and
December 1 to 31, 2004 excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and
Christmas Eve, December 24, 2004, and
Christmas Day, December 25, 2004
Permit Muzzleloader November 29 and 30, 2004; and
December 13, 14, 20 to 24, and 27 to 31, 2004; and
January 1 to February 15, 2005 excluding Saturdays and Sundays
Six Day Firearm December 6 to 10, 2004
Permit Shotgun December 6 to 10 and 15 to 17, 2004; and
January 3 to February 15, 2005 excluding Saturdays and Sundays
Winter Bow January 1 to February 19, 2005 excluding Saturdays and Sundays
A limited number of hunting permits will be available for each property. Seventy five percent (75%) of the permits will be reserved for residents of the Township of Chester. Twenty five percent (25%) of the permits will be available for residents from throughout the State of New Jersey. A total of four additional permits for the Evans Preserve will be available for members of the Evans Property hunting club during each season in exchange for their consultation and volunteer assistance in the establish-ment and implementation of this Controlled Hunting Plan at the Evans Preserve and Telcordia Tract. A total of four additional permits for Tiger Brook Park/MacGregor Preserve will be available for members of the MacGregor hunting club during each season in exchange for their consultation and volunteer assistance in the establishment and implementation of this Controlled Hunting Plan at Tiger Brook Park and MacGregor Preserve.
LICENSES AND SPECIAL REGULATIONS
All hunters applying for a permit must possess all appropriate licenses issued by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. Final issuance of a Chester Township Controlled Hunting Permit shall be conditional on the hunter’s purchase of a Zone 9 deer hunting permit for Permit Shotgun and Permit Muzzleloader issued by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. Please note that Zone 9 is an Earn-A-Buck hunting zone. When any antlered deer is taken, it must have a minimum of three antler points on one side of the rack.
TOWNSHIP PERMIT AVAILABILITY
A single permit is valid for all four hunting seasons noted above. Hunters may purchase Chester Township Controlled Hunting Permits to hunt as follows:
20 season permits at Evans Preserve/Telcordia Tract
20 season permits at Tiger Brook Park/MacGregor Preserve
FEES & PERMIT PURCHASING
Each season permit cost shall be $ 25.00 for residents of the Township of Chester and employees of the Township, and $50.00 for non-residents. Permits will not be available to persons residing outside of the State of New Jersey. Permit holders from the 2003-2004 season who have complied with all state and municipal hunting regulations will have first opportunity to obtain permits for the 2004-2005 hunting season pending receipt of payment by an established deadline. Remaining permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis while the supply lasts. Mail-in applications from 2003-2004 Permit Holders will be processed first. Mail in applications from new hunters will be accepted but are not processed until after all walk-ins are processed. Walk-in date for permit processing is Monday, October 4, 2004, beginning at 10:00 am at the Chester Township Municipal Building.
CHESTER TOWNSHIP CONTROLLED DEER HUNTING PROGRAM
1. All State hunting regulations, licensing requirements, and permit requirements are in effect on Chester Township lands open to hunting. Hunters are responsible for obtaining and learning state regulations and Chester Township park regulations. All hunters acquiring a Chester Township Controlled Hunting Program permit shall attend a mandatory, pre-season safety awareness meeting conducted jointly by the Chester Parks Advisory Committee, the Chester Township Police Department and the coordinating hunting clubs.
2. Hunters shall be required to park their designated vehicles in appropriate parking lots and shall display a duplicate hunting permit issued by the Township of Chester in the front windshield. Hunters shall carry the required permit at all times while hunting on these lands, and shall produce the permit for spot check inspection by officials of the Chester Township Police Department and/or the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. Hunters shall also sign-in at the hunter’s logbook at the designated parking area each time they arrive for and depart from hunting activity. When hunters take a deer on property, they shall report date of taking and size and sex information in the logbook at the conclusion of their hunting activity.
3. The use and/or construction of permanent tree stands are prohibited. Hunters found using a permanent tree stand will be subject to prosecution and termination of permit. Portable tree stands are allowed, but are used or left unattended at the user’s risk. Permit holders name and permit number must be on the stand in an obvious location. Screw-in tree steps must be removed at the end of the permit season or when the tree stand is moved. Deer feeders are permitted but must be removed by the final day of the hunter’s permit.
4. Possession of a permit to hunt on Township land does not give hunters permission to cross private property. Hunters are responsible for knowing the boundaries of parklands, as well as safety zones.
5. Hunters in the Controlled Hunting Program who receive summonses for hunting violations committed on Township park lands will have their hunting privileges revoked for two years on Township lands, and shall face a fine of up to $ 1,000.00. Hunting privileges will be permanently revoked for a second offense.
6. Hunters should be aware that non-hunting visitors are allowed to visit park lands open to hunting during each season. Non-hunting visitors are encouraged to wear blaze orange and confine visits to Saturdays and Sundays during the hunting seasons. Non-hunting visitors must be treated courteously.