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 two county parks that call Parsippany home.
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 scheduled is as follows:
- Central Park of Morris County, Sept. 15 to Oct. 31, Saturday hunting not permitted; Nov 1. to Dec. 24; Dec. 26 to Dec. 31; Jan. 1 to Feb. 21, Saturday hunting permitted.
- Old Troy County Park, Sept. 29 to Oct. 31; Nov. 3 to Dec. 24; Dec. 26 to Dec. 31; Jan. 1 to Feb. 20. Saturday hunting not permitted.
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.