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5 Months of Deer Hunting Coming to Schooley’s Mountain Park

County-wide management program to allow hunting on various parks in Morris.

Patch File Photo
Patch File Photo

In an effort to cull white-tailed deer and “minimize severe threats posed to the biodiversity of native flora and fauna,” the Morris County Park Commission is continuing its annual deer management program and has released a hunting schedule.

That schedule includes a total of 21 weeks of active hunting allowed in the northern and southern sections of Schooley’s Mountain Park, a county-owned facility.

According to its website, the Morris County Park Commission is “responsible for the stewardship of over 18,000 acres of land. It recognizes that a controlled hunting program is the most efficient and effective way available to minimize the severe threats posed to the biodiversity of native flora and fauna by overabundant white-tailed deer populations.”

The schedule for Schooley’s Mountain Park, which can be found here, is separated into two sections.

Schooley’s Mountain Park north will have open hunting from Sept. 13 to Oct. 31; Nov. 1 to Dec. 24; Dec. 26 to Dec. 31; Jan. 1 to Feb. 21; and is permitted on Saturdays.

Schooley’s Mountain Park south will have open hunting from Sept. 15 to Oct. 31; Nov. 3 to Dec. 24; Dec. 26 to Dec. 31; Jan. 1 to Feb. 20; and will allow permit shotgun, 6-day firearm, permit muzzleloader hunting on Dec. 3, 10, 13, 17; Jan. 7, 14, 17, 21, 26, 28; and Feb. 4 and 11. Park and trails will be closed on those specific days, according to the county.

Sunday hunting is prohibited by state law. Hunters are required to apply for a permit, which will enable them to access a specific park on the dates specified, and are limited to one bow permit and one firearm permit each season.

Find out more about the Deer Management Program here.  

Chuck Ruff July 11, 2014 at 09:10 AM
Did Dick Cheney take that course???
LV Outdoorsman007 July 11, 2014 at 09:25 AM
Chuck that is one case of a hunting accident. Hunting actually has the lowest amount of accidents versus any other sport. You cannot judge all hunters based on the accidents of a few.
Chuck Ruff July 11, 2014 at 12:58 PM
The argument is moot anyway since they close the park and all trails when hunting is going on. I support deer hunts, but don't agree with making the park inaccessible to the public through the most picturesque Autumn season. After all, SMP was intended as a public park, not a hunting sanctuary.
Angelo July 12, 2014 at 07:20 AM
It was long ago when one hunter shot another hunter and killed him on Schooley's Mountain. In the wooded area behind the Schooley's Mountain Inn.
Angelo July 12, 2014 at 07:21 AM
Should have said, "It wasn't long ago...."

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