UNION COUNTY, NJ - The 2017 Union County Deer Management program will be conducted in six Union County parks and one municipal park, beginning in January.  This program continues the annual removal of deer by marksmen selected by and acting as agents of the County at the Watchung Reservation, Passaic River Park in Summit, Lenape and Nomahegan Parks, Ash Brook Reservation, Oak Ridge Park and at the City of Linden’s Hawk Rise Sanctuary. 

Hunting in all of those parks will occur on Mondays from January 9 to February 6.  In the event of a holiday (January 16) or inclement weather on a Monday, the hunting activity will be moved to Wednesday of that week.  Inclement weather on Wednesday would push the program to Friday.

Lenape and Nomahegan Parks will be closed on days when hunting is underway.  However, no other parks will be closed during the conduct of this program. 

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To see the Program Guidelines that explain the deer management program in greater detail, go to www.ucnj.org/deer.  Anyone with any questions can call Dan Bernier, Division of Park Environmental Services, at 908-789-3682 or email him at dbernier@ucnj.org

All costs for the conduct of this deer management program will be borne by the County of Union and the individual hunters.  Some of the venison that will derive from this program will be used to feed the needy and the homeless through the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.