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Deer Hunts Scheduled

Posted: September 19, 2011

In an effort to control the deer population, there will be three different hunts in Randolph spanning the next five months. All of these hunts are restricted to hunters with permits provided by the sponsoring agency.

The following information about the hunts pertains to public lands only. Hunting on public lands on Sundays is prohibited by law.

Hunting is also permitted on private property as regulated by the N.J. Division of Fish & Wildlife.

James Andrews Memorial County Park
Morris County Park Commission
October 1 to February 18, 2012

The white-tailed deer management program has been expanded to include Hidden Valley Park near Everdale Road and the section south of West Hanover Avenue. The hunt is limited to bow hunting only. The trails will remain open to hikers throughout the bow hunt. View the hunt map »

Randolph Township Sites
Randolph Department of Parks & Recreation
October 1 to February 18, 2012

Randolph Township is permitting a white-tailed deer hunt open to bow hunters at Brundage Park, on the Cohn Farm open space lands, on county-owned open space near Ironia Road, and property adjacent to the Clyde Potts Reservoir along Combs Hollow Road. For the 2011-2012 hunt, over 200 acres of additional space have been added in the Preserve/Mountainside area, the Tucker Avenue area, and the Del Ben/Nottingham area. The trails will remain open to hikers throughout the bow hunt. Hikers are advised to remain on the trails and to keep their dogs leashed at all times (required by ordinance). Citizens should immediately contact the Randolph Police Department if any emergency should arise.

Hunting in the Combs Hollow Road area will be subject to restricted dates as noted below.

Clyde Potts Watershed
Mendham Township Wildlife Committee
December 6, 8, 9, 14, 2011
January 11, 14, 18, 25, 28, 2012
February 4, 2012

The area impacted in Randolph includes the reservoir lands and adjoining open space lands comprising 650 acres. Hunters will be moving “driving” deer south into Mendham for harvest by shotgun. All Randolph trails located south of Sussex Turnpike in the watershed will be closed on the days of the hunt. No bow hunting in the Combs Hollow area will be allowed on the days of the hunt.

If you have any questions about the James Andrews hunt, please contact the Morris County Park Police at 973.326.7632 or the Morris County Park Commission at 973.326.7622. Questions regarding the Randolph Township hunts should be directed to Randolph’s Department of Parks and Recreation at 973.989.7081. Questions or concerns about the Clyde Potts hunt should be directed to the Township Manager’s office which may be reached at 973.989.7060.

If any emergencies or problems arise in any of the hunts, the Randolph Police Department should be contacted—use 9-1-1 for emergencies only and 973.989.7000 for everything else.

Things you can do to make your property less inviting to deer:

  • do not feed the deer
  • remove bird feeders in the summer and keep them above deer height during the rest of the year
  • remove favorite deer plants such as hosta, lilies and tulips
  • spray deer repellents (available from garden centers or use a home recipe)
  • place deer netting over plants
  • when landscaping, use plants that are bitter, pungent, toxic or prickly (when food is scarce, deer will eat plants they usually find distasteful)
  • consider fencing, but contact the township Planning Dept. for information on placement and height