A "deer management program" will be conducted in the Pole Farm section of Mercer Meadows Park in Lawrence and Hopewell townships, the Mercer County Park Commission announced on Tuesday.
The program will run from Jan. 1 through Feb. 16, 2013, and deer will be "harvested" by bow only, according to a county-issued news release.
The majority of the trails in the park will be closed to the public on hunting days; however, the Lawrence-Hopewell Trail and Twin Pines Trail will remain open to the public.
"There will be 150-foot safety zones along these two trails to ensure the safety of park users on hunting days," the news release said.
Hunters interested in taking part in the program should visit the Mercer County Park Commission website at http://nj.gov/counties/mercer/commissions/park/ or call the Mercer County Naturalist at (609) 303-0706 for more information.
Program rules and regulations, along with the application and maps, will be posted on the Park Commission website. A printed copy of the deer management application can be mailed to individuals upon request.
Applications are being accepted through Dec. 5, 2012. Fees are $30 for Mercer County residents and $55 for non-residents. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the above phone number.
As a result of the deer hunt, only the Lawrence-Hopewell Trail and Twin Pines Trail will be open to the public on the following dates: Jan. 1, 2, 5, 7-9, 14-16, 19, 21-23, 28-30 and Feb. 2, 4-6, 11-13, 16, 2013.