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Hunting Rules

WHITE DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Hunting on Open Space 2019-2020

WHITE-TAILED DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

SCHEDULE AND PERMIT REQUIREMENTS

The Franklin Township Open Space Advisory Committee (OSAC) has determined that the large population of white-tailed deer in the Township is causing a negative impact on the ecosystem of forests and environmentally-sensitive lands.  In an ongoing effort to properly manage the population of white-tailed deer, the Township is opening several open space parcels for hunting during the 2018-2019 seasons, in accordance with the following:

September 14, 2019 – February 15, 2020

Permitted Hunting Times: 30 minutes before Sunrise to 30 minutes past Sunset.

  • Hunting is prohibited on Sundays.
  • Non-hunters may enter the hunting zone on Sundays (MUST WEAR ORANGE)

Season 1:            Bow-Only Season: September 14, 2019 – October 25, 2019

HUNTERS AND PUBLIC ACCESS - ALL LOCATIONS

During this bow-only season, bow-hunters with Township-issued hunting permits will be permitted to hunt deer in the designated hunting areas.  Hunters and non-hunters (hikers, cyclists, dog-walkers, etc.) will be utilizing the open space property simultaneously.  For this reason, it is imperative that bow-hunters familiarize themselves with the locations of the trails and are strictly prohibited from aiming their bow toward a hiking trail.

 

Season 2:            Bow Season: October 26, 2019 - December 31, 2019 (Excluding November 28, 2019 (Thanksgiving); December 25, 2019 (Christmas); December 26, 2019 - February 15, 2020

HUNTERS AND PUBLIC ACCESS – ALL LOCATIONS

During the second bow-only season, bow-hunters with Township-issued hunting permits will be permitted to hunt deer in the designated hunting areas. Hunters and non-hunters (hikers, cyclists, dog-walkers, etc.) will be utilizing the open space property simultaneously.  For this reason, it is imperative that bow-hunters familiarize themselves with the locations of the trails and are strictly prohibited from aiming their bow toward a hiking trail.

NOTE: FIREARMS ARE NOT PERMITTED DURING SEASON 2 (OCTOBER 26, 2019 – DECEMBER 31, 2019)

 

Season 3A:         Six-Day Bow/Firearm Season:  December 9, 2019 - December 14, 2019

HUNTERS ONLY - NEGRI-NEPOTE GRASSLANDS AND TEN-MILE RUN GREENWAY 

The six-day firearm/bow hunting season is limited to Negri-Nepote Grasslands and Ten-Mile Run Greenway.

During these six days, ONLY HUNTERS ARE PERMITTED ON THE PROPERTY.  HIKERS, WALKERS, BIRDWATCHERS, ETC. ARE NOT PERMITTED ON THE PROPERTIES DURING THIS SIX-DAY SEASON.

 

Season 3B:         Firearm (Shotgun and/or Muzzleloader as permitted by state regulations) and Winter Bow: January 1, 2020– February 15, 2020

HUNTERS ONLY – NEGRI-NEPOTE GRASSLANDS AND TEN MILE RUN GREENWAY (FIREARM AND BOW)

HUNTERS AND PUBLIC ACCESS – ALL OTHER DESIGNATED HUNTING LOCATIONS (BOW ONLY)

During this designated Firearm Season, NO PUBLIC ACCESS will be permitted at the Negri-Nepote Grasslands and the Ten Mile Run Greenway. ONLY PERMITTED HUNTERS WILL BE ALLOWED ACCESS TO THESE PROPERTIES FOR THE ENTIRETY OF SEASON 3B. Bow-hunters with Township-issued hunting permits will be permitted to hunt deer in designated hunting areas. Hunters and non-hunters (hikers, cyclists, dog-walkers, etc.) will be utilizing these open space properties simultaneously (with the exception of Negri-Nepote Grasslands and Ten-Mile Run Greenway).  For this reason, it is imperative that bow-hunters familiarize themselves with the locations of the trails and are strictly prohibited from aiming their bow toward a hiking trail.

Insurance

ALL applicants must sign a “Hold Harmless and Indemnification Agreement” (included in application) and provide the Township with proof that the applicant has at least one million dollars in Personal Liability Insurance.

 

WHITE-TAILED DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

RULES AND REGULATIONS  

  1. Hunting shall only occur at the location listed on the permit. (An exception to this requirement is during the Six-Day Firearms Season [Season 3A] as described in #25, below.)
  2. Hunting is restricted to the designated portions of the properties (maps to be provided).
  3. Hunters are only authorized to be on the property for which they have been issued a permit and are responsible for knowing the boundaries of the property, as well as the area designated for hunting at all times. 
  4. Hunters are not permitted to hunt or possess a loaded firearm within 450 feet of any building or school playground, or any posted safety zone area.  It should be noted that some trails located on Township Open Space are posted as safety zones.
  5. To ensure the safety of any non-hunters who may inadvertently enter the open space during this period, hunters must familiarize themselves with the location of all trails on the property and they shall not aim in the direction of the trail whenever their stand is within 450 feet of that trail.
  6. Only hunters who have obtained a Franklin Township-issued hunting permit are permitted to hunt on Township-owned land.
  7. All State and local regulations pertaining to parks, open space and hunting apply, including specific season dates and bag limits.  (See: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/njregs.htm - Regulation Set #8)
  8. Hours of hunting:  Bow hunting is permitted from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset at all designated locations. Firearm hunting is permitted from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset at Negri-Nepote Grasslands and Ten-Mile Run Greenway during Season 3 ONLY.
  9. Hunting is not permitted on Sundays.    
  10. All tree stands must be portable and be removed within two weeks of the close of hunting season.
  11. One non-antlered deer must be taken from your approved Township-owned hunting area before a buck may be taken from the area (except during the Six-Day Firearm Season [Season 3A])
  12. A licensed adult must accompany all hunters under the age of 16.
  13. The Hunters Summary Report (attached to the Permit) must be accurately completed and submitted by each permit-holder no later than Monday, March 9, 2020. These results will determine invitations to hunt for the following seasons.
  14. Vehicles are restricted to public roads and designated parking areas (map will be provided).
  15. Only deer may be hunted; hunting of any other game is strictly prohibited.
  16. Each hunter's permit must be prominently displayed whenever the hunter is on the property.
  17. Target practice is prohibited.
  18. Use or possession of alcoholic beverages while on the property is strictly prohibited.
  19. Littering is prohibited (includes leaving empty shotgun shells on the ground).
  20. Violation of any special condition or any applicable State law or local regulation will result in the immediate revoking of hunting privileges on the property for the remainder of the hunting season and will also subject the hunter to any applicable penalties.
  21. Hunting Parking Permit must be displayed on the dashboard of the hunter’s vehicle.
  22. Hunting Permit Number must be clearly displayed on any tree stand.  Failure to display the permit number will result in the removal and the discarding of the stand.
  23. Fires of any kind are prohibited.
  24. Hunters must carry cell phones when on the Township property.
  25. Six-Day Firearm Season (Season 3A: December 9, 2019– December 14, 2019):  Non-hunters are not permitted on the property for this six-day season and those issued permits for firearm hunting may hunt from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset during these six days.  To ensure the safety of any non-hunters who may inadvertently enter the open space during this period, hunters must familiarize themselves with the location of all trails on the property and they shall not aim their firearm in the direction of the trail whenever their stand is within 450 feet of the trail.  During this Special December hunting-only season, the requirement to take one antlerless deer prior to taking a buck is waived.  

For questions, please contact via email Tara Kenyon, Land Preservation and Management Consultant

 or phone 732.873.2500 x6279