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Morris County to allow deer hunting at 4 more parks
by Lawrence Ragonese/The Star-Ledger

Tuesday July 14, 2009, 5:29 PM

MORRIS COUNTY -- Deer hunting will return to four Morris County parks this winter, bringing the total number of park properties where hunting is allowed to 18 as the park commission continues its efforts to reduce an overpopulation of the four-legged creatures, officials said today.

Bow hunting will be allowed next season at: Old Troy County Park in Parsippany; Tourne County Park in Boonton Township and Mountain Lakes; Mahlon Dickerson Reservation in Jefferson; and Jonathans Woods in Denville.


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A deer, one in a herd of 6 walking through the backyard of a home in Randolph in April. Officials today announced deer hunting will be open in four Morris County parks to help reduce an overpopulation.
Hunting was allowed at those parks in the 2007-08 hunting season but was discontinued last year due to low hunter interest, a small number of deer killed, and budget restrictions that limited the amount of time park staff could devote to the hunting program, according to a report issued by Kelli O'Connor, superintendent of natural resources for the park commission.

"We feel these parks can be put back into the program, adding some hours and tweaking the days and dates a little,'' Charles Zafonte, the park system's director of horticulture and natural resources, said at a park commission meeting in Morris Township. "Our goal is to make the program as effective as it could be.''

The park commission has allowed hunters onto its properties since the early 1990s. O'Connor said deer have ravaged much of the native plant growth in many county parks. In addition, proponents of deer culling say hunts reduce deer-car accidents; help stem Lyme disease, which is carried by deer ticks; reduce damage to crops of local farmers; and give homeowners a break on the constant ravaging of their trees, flowers and gardens by hungry deer.

A total of 336 deer were "harvested'' by hunters in 14 county parks last season. That was a 9 percent increase over 2007-08, according to O'Connor's report. The largest number of deer, 68, were killed at Lewis Morris County Park in Morris, Mendham and Harding townships. The second highest yield, 63, occurred at three areas of Black River Park in Chester Township.

"We have a responsibility to be stewards of the land, to take care of our forests. We are really looking to get to the point one day to see the start of regeneration of plant life on the forest floor, which is the future of our forests, which have been devastated by deer,'' O'Connor has said, explaining the need for hunting.

But Park Commission Executive Director David Helmer, sensitive to concerns of hunting opponents, has repeatedly stressed hunting on county parkland is a population management tool and not an effort to provide recreational activity.

In addition to the four parks to be re-opened to hunting, other county park venues to be hunted in the 2009-10 season are: Lewis Morris Park, Black River Park, Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township, Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area in Kinnelon and Montville, Mount Hope Historical County Park in Rockaway Township and Mount Paul Memorial Park in Mendham and Chester townships.

Also, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township, Central Park of Morris County at Greystone in Parsippany, James Andrews Memorial Park in Randolph, Schooley's Mountain County Park in Washington Township and Loantaka Brook Reservation in Chatham, Harding and Morris townships.

County officials said they will make an effort to ensure more hunters who obtain permits actually hunt in the parks to maximize the potential yield of deer. A total of 413 permits were issued last year but 50 were not used, according to O'Connor's report.

"Those unused permits represent wasted opportunities where additional deer may have been harvested,'' she wrote.

Meanwhile, the Park Commission has teamed up with the Audubon Society to ask federal parks officials to deal with an exploding deer population at Jockey Hollow, the 1,300-acre portion of the Morristown National Historical Park that lies next to Audubon's Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary and Morris County's Lewis Morris County Park.

A long-promised letter is being sent to Randy Turner, superintendent of that national park, outlining the problem and asking for a hunt or culling program at Jockey Hollow, Helmer said.
 

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Robin, thanks for the post. Once again, hunting the reasonable way to control wildlife wins over all else, humm wonder why?

I know, I know becuase it workes!!!!!!!!!


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So how do you apply for permits then?
I don't know yet, but will keep my eye on it and post up anything I see.
 

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Tourne Park has some great bucks. Too bad they won't allow turkey hunting there. There are some big old gobblers in that park too.
 

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to hunt morris county parks you have to go to the Park Police police department and get an application..It used to be on a first come first serve basis per park.. now you have to have the application back by a certain day and they do a lottery system.. Hope this helps!
 

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They're not accepting any new permits....that is, if you didn't hunt last year, you can't hunt this year. The mailing I got this year specifically said not to pass the application around as only hunters previously enrolled in the program can apply to hunt this year. I don't know why this is so, weird.
 
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