Montgomery Deer Hunting Season Dates

Posted on September 28, 2018

In order to help control the deer population, Montgomery Township administers an annual program that allows deer hunting on certain open space properties of the Township. The hunting season begins on Sept 8, 2018 with fall bow and last hunting of season is winter bow, which carries through from September 8, 2018 to February 16, 2019.  Montgomery Twp. does not permit hunting on Sundays in this program.  All properties are clearly posted with bright orange signage. Some properties are bow hunting only.  There are clear set-back standards away from residences where deer hunting is prohibited. Go to: https://www.twp.montgomery.nj.us/departments/clerk/deer-management-program/ for project details and maps of the hunted properties. For more information on the date ranges for specific types of hunting (there are various muzzleloader, firearm, and shotgun days from November 18th through February 10th), go to NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife Deer Regulations webpage at: https://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/deer.htm (Montgomery is in Zones 12 & 14).

Montgomery’s deer management program started over a dozen years ago.  It is a successful program with hunters because they select one or more properties, which have a limited number of other hunters permitted.  This gives each hunter an equally good opportunity. Two or more deer bagged per season grandfathers a hunter into the program and onto his or her selected property for the next season.  New hunters are also always welcome to apply, typically in June.

The purpose of this program is to aid in the control of the deer population so that an ecological balance can be maintained.  When deer overpopulate an area, lyme disease may spread more rapidly and more deer/car collisions occur.  Hungry deer predate on the landscaping and shrubbery of homeowners in residential neighborhoods.  Some deer will starve in the winter when there are too many deer and not enough forage is available. When there are too many deer, the forest under story may be stripped bare, preventing new tree seedlings from getting a foothold, while destroying habitat needed by other species, including certain forest dwelling song birds.  This is critical to the very existence of future forests. Invasive non-native plant species, which the deer generally do not prefer, often take over an area, creating low quality habitat and a poor food source for wildlife.

To learn more about the program and/or to download an application, go to the Deer Management Program page of the Township website.  A link to this page is also found on left side menu of the home page.

Questions on the program may be directed to the Wildlife Management Committee at wildlifecommittee@twp.montgomery.nj.us

Administrative questions may be directed to the Montgomery Twp. Clerks Office at (908) 359-8211 ext. 215. Thank you.

Source: Montgomery Twp. Clerks Office