Open Space Committee Recommends Fine-Tuning To Hunting Program

Members of the Open Space Advisory Committee recommended some changes to the township’s hunting program.

The number of permits for most of the township’s hunting sites should be increased for the 2019-20 hunting season, the township Open Space Advisory Committee decided at its June 18 meeting.

Committee members hope that doing so will increase the number of deer culled during the season, and continue the upward trend in numbers seen in the 2018-19 season over the 2017-18 season.

The committee also recommended that the Negri Nepote and Griggstown natural grasslands should be closed again to all but firearms hunters from early January to mid-February 2020.

The recommendations came from the township’s open space consultant, Tara Kenyon, during the committee’s annual lookback on the hunting season.

Those recommendations and others will be brought to the Township Council for its review and action.

Kenyon said that a total of 240 deer were culled during the last season, with the majority of them taken during bow hunting portion.

The top five hunting spots of the 14 in the township were on the Terhune Farm, Ten Mile Run, Butler Road, DeMott Lane and Negri Nepte, Kenyon said.

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