MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morris County Park Commission will be conducting a controlled deer hunt in accordance with its White-tailed Deer Management Program which aims to improve forest health in the parks through the management of the deer population. These controlled hunts are specifically used as a population management tool.

The following parks will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC all day on the specified dates and will only be open to hunters with special access permits. Bow hunting is scheduled in additional Morris County Parks between now and February 2016 but these parks will remain open to the public. Additional information, including the complete hunting schedule, can be found on the Morris County Park Commission’s website: www.morrisparks.net

Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area - Kinnelon Borough; Boonton and Montville Townships

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2015: December 3, 8, 10, 17

2016: January 8, 15, 22, 29

2016: February 5, 11

Black River County Park - Chester Township; Includes Cooper Mill, Kay Environmental Center, Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center and Willowwood Arboretum, and lands managed for Chester Township

2015: December 3, 10, 17

2016: January 7, 14, 21, 28

2016: February 4, 11

Lewis Morris County Park - Harding, Mendham, and Morris Townships

2015: December 2, 7, 9, 16

2016: January 6, 13, 20, 27

2016: February 3, 10

Morris County Park Commission features one of the region’s best park systems in the State of New Jersey.  It currently protects and maintains 18,730 acres at 38 distinct sites plus offers a year-round calendar of events and activities for all to enjoy.