Deer Hunt to be Held in Pole Farm at Mercer Meadows

The "deer management program" will run from Jan. 1 through Feb. 16, 2013, at the county park in Lawrence and Hopewell townships. Only bow hunting will be allowed.

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 jrogers@mercercounty.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. 


Ira L. Marks November 28, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Wow...no encouraging words from Brian Hughes about how wonderful this program is ????
Victor November 29, 2012 at 01:36 PM
This is very very dangerous-too many people use this park every day and the risk of accidents is too great. This park is a protected space and has never allowed hunting in my experience of 30 years using the park. Ms. Rogers needs to stop this . Once we llow hunters , it will be very difficult to stop this from being a danger to all.
Laura November 29, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Bow hunting is a cruel way to kill the deer. Many times the hunter does not kill the deer on the first shot-only to have the deer in pain and/or slowly die a painful death.
Claire December 02, 2012 at 05:25 PM
With as many deer and resulting deer/auto accidents as there are in this area, do you think that an animal won't suffer if it does get hit and doesn't die immediately? would you rather see a policeman have to come and destroy the deer because it's suffering? Also, do you reaize that the over-abundance of the deer has contributed to a lack of nourishment in the woods for the rest of the wildlife? It is a fact that the multitudes of deer destroy the habitat. This is not a recreational hunt! The deer that are culled are retrieved by the hunters and removed from the area. Deer are nice but there are far to many in the area. They are also the main host for ticks that carry Lyme's disease, have you or your pets suffered from this disease? Let's be real, just keep your butt off the Lawrence-Hopewell trail on the days the hunters are there, there are other places to walk. The park is open for EVERYONE 342 days a year, the 23 days that the hunters are there is minimal. The L-H trail should work with the county and simply close the trail on the hunting days.
Mike December 20, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Its about time they got this plan going. I have been deer hunting close to the perimeter of the park property for years and each year I see more and more deer. Most of them are being hit by cars and run off to die in the woods and go to waste. This is a great idea that will help with the much needed population management and also help feed a few more families. As for the made up nonsense from the ignorant people against the hunt...... There is no safety issues or danger associated with this. Bow hunting is the safest method of deer hunting and also very quiet. The County is already implementing a 150' distance rule for the active trails. This is an added measure that isn't even required by law since there and no "occupied" structures on the property beside the barn. The cry babies need to give it a rest. This is going to happen because it needs to happen because there is no other single effective method of deer population control in existance. More importantly its doesn't cost the tax payers anything! Only the licensed hunters have to pay if they want to partake in this added available location. Everyone be happy that the main trails will still be open for use because the town didn't have to allow that, its just a bonus. Appreciate the small things and find something meaningful to complain about.


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