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Seasonal Information

Hunting Season 2019-20

The New Jersey Fall Bow Deer Season opens Saturday, Sept. 14 in "Early Zones" (zones in Regulation Sets #4-8).

Click here for information on the 2019 Bear Hunt which starts Oct 14, 2019. In New Jersey, all state lands, including all state forests, parks, recreation areas, historic sites, natural areas and wildlife management areas, remain closed to hunting of black bears. Bears may be hunted on municipal, county, or federal land open to bear hunting and any private property.

Essex County Parks Deer Hunt 2019

The Essex County Deer Management Program will be conducted in South Mountain Reservation and Hilltop Reservation on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Tuesday, January 16th to Thursday, February 22nd. To maximize safety, the two reservations will be closed to the public on the days the Deer Management Program is being conducted. 

The program will be conducted in South Mountain Reservation and Hilltop Reservation and the old Essex County Hospital Center site. The program will not be held in Eagle Rock Reservation.

South Mountain Reservation: January 15, 22 and 29 and February 5, 19 and 26
If there is inclement weather, a makeup day will be held on March 5

Hilltop Reservation: January 17, 24 and 31 and February 7, 14 and 21
If there is inclement weather, makeup days will be held February 28 or March 1

 

Click on the above link for more information.

Morris County Parks: 2019-20 White-Tailed Deer Management Program

Click on the above link for information about the Morris County Parks deer hunts.

Remember: It's always a good idea to wear bright colors when in the woods during hunting season, no matter where you go. Stay safe!

Get a Grip - Crampons and other winter traction options

Click on the above link for a short primer about traction devices from AMC Outdoors (published November 2017).

Winter Traction Devices - When do you need snowshoes? Gaiters? Crampons?

Click on the above link for an article from AMC Outdoors about different gear for your feet for winter adventure (published in February 2017).

Know your Ticks

Click on the above link for an article about different types of ticks, preventive measures, and more (published in May 2018).

Black Bear Safety

Click on the above link for an article about bear safety or here for some additional information