SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In a resolution passed at Tuesday's Springfield Township Committee meeting, the committee approved an application from Baltusrol Golf Club to conduct a deer hunt on their grounds for the purpose of population control.
The hunt is not open to the public. It is a deer management initiative to decrease damage to the course and greens.
"A select group of professional hunters have been hired to assist with our program," said Mitchell Fenton, Chief Security Officer of Baltusrol Golf Club.
The application was necessary as Springfield Township requires the issuance of a permit for firing certain weapons within the boundaries of the township.
New Jersey is a state with major number of white-tailed deer, which can often negatively interact with residents in the state. As a result, controlled hunts are allowed to help rein in the deer population.
Baltusrol applied for the controlled hunt earlier this month, which was approved by the township. As part of the approval process, Baltusrol will have to meet several conditions, listed below:
- All hunters will be required to possess a valid New Jersey hunting license and firearms purchaser card on the day they hunt.
- No township employees or their immediate family members will be permitted to join in the hunt.
- All hunters participating, as well as the club, will be required to comply with al applicable laws, statutes and local ordinances, according to the resolution.
- No more than three hunters will be active on any given day during the hunt.
- Hunting will only take place after 48 hours notice has been delivered in writing to the township administrator, emergency management coordinator and police chief of the township, as well as residents in the surrounding areas.
- Hunting will not be taking place prior to 7:00 a.m. each morning, or any time after a half hour past sunset.
- No weapons will be fired within 500 yards (0.46 km) of any residential structures or property lines.
In matters concerning the upcoming hunt, the township's emergency management coordinator and chief of police will be designated as township authorities in all matters related to the hunt.
The permit will be applicable during the following dates as needed; Nov. 25-27, Dec. 3-14, Dec. 18-20 and Jan. 4-Feb. 8, during deer hunting season in the state of New Jersey.