2022 Bow Hunting Seasons
Turkey Season: April 25 through May 21
Deer Season: October 3 through December 10**
Note: Hunting is not permitted on Sundays in either season.
**Bow hunters with a state issued "primitive firearms stamp" may also hunt deer from December 12 through December 31.
2022 Turkey Season
The Conservation Commission allows turkey hunting by permit only. The Spring 2022 Turkey Season is now over.
2022 Deer Season
The Conservation Commission allows deer hunting by permit only. Applications are no longer being accepted for the Fall 2022 Deer Season.
The Conservation Commission has been allowing bow hunting on conservation land since 2006, mainly as a land management tool to reduce issues caused by overpopulation of certain animal species, particularly Eastern white-tailed deer. Deer overpopulation affects the entire ecosystem, particularly forests, and can include excessive destruction of vegetation, decrease in diversity of plant species, negative impacts to other wildlife and wildlife habitat, damage to landscaping and gardens, unhealthy deer herds, potential spread of Tick-borne diseases and other illnesses among animals and to humans, and collisions between vehicles and wildlife.
The program continues to be managed by the Commission and conservation staff. Deer and turkey hunters are also asked to report and help address any issues, and are encouraged to volunteer their time for conservation land maintenance activities, such as trash removal and trail clearing.