BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission is warning hikers and others who use the trail system by the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge that trails will be closed for an upcoming deer hunt.

The first date of the trail system closure will be on Wednesday, Jan. 25, according to the park commission.

Additional dates, following in February, are:

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• Friday, Feb 3
• Wednesday, Feb 8
• Wednesday, Feb 22

The deer hunt is part of the Bernards Township deer management program on Somerset County Park Commission property in Basking Ridge, including both the EEC and Lord Stirling Stable lands, according to a spokesman for the park commission, Rich Reitman. He said the park commission has been working in cooperation with Bernards Township's program for almost 20 years.

The deer management program in Bernards Township has been using the hunt as one way to reduce the deer population, resulting in a reduced number of deer-motor vehicle collisions.