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MANAGED DEER HUNTS | PARK CLOSURE DATES | PARK POLICE-BASED SHARPSHOOTING

NOTICE: Information for emergency situations relating to deer that requires immediate assistance can be found HERE.

2014-15 Deer Management Season

Managed Deer Hunts

M-NCPPC Department of Parks, in order to reduce and maintain deer populations in accordance with the goals of the County’s deer management plan, conducts managed deer hunts in select parks during the Fall and Winter.

Programming is designed with public safety being paramount. Managed hunting programs are directed and supervised by the Department’s Wildlife staff and participants are required to follow strict safety and procedural guidelines. Safety buffers are established to meet and exceed State and County ordinance and hunting sites are selected to use terrain, distance, and habitat to enhance safe weapons discharge.

Weapons discharge is directed into the ground and/or other suitable backdrops, and in many cases, hunting from an elevated position is required to ensure that hunters’ have a suitable backstop. A variety of harvest strategies have been employed using all weapons legal in the county. However, most programming requires participants to utilize rifled shotguns to harvest deer. On dates when managed shotgun hunting is occurring the park is closed to the public.

Managed hunts were implemented in the county in the Fall of 1996 and have occurred annually ever since. To date, the Department has conducted managed deer hunting programs in twelve county parks with exceptional results. Currently, eleven parks are included in the Managed Deer Hunting Program.

To learn more about the Montgomery Parks managed deer hunting programs, please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) regarding deer population management being conducted on County parkland.

If you would like to participate in the lottery based managed deer hunting program, pre-screening procedures must be followed. New applicants can download the pre-screening application & information here: Pre-screening Managed Hunt Packet (pdf. 773kb). The deadline for new Pre-screening Managed Hunt applicants is the first Friday in August annually.

Park Closure Dates for Managed Hunts

LOTTERY-BASED PROGRAMS | PARK POLICE SHARPSHOOTING DATES | TENANT-BASED PROGRAMS

NOTICE: The new Park Closure dates and locations for 2014 - 2015 Managed Deer Hunting and Park Police Sharpshooting Operations are posted below.

For public safety, the Department of Parks closes select park locations to public access for the duration of deer population management operations. These park closures are enforced, under park regulation (Chapter III, Section 2, Letter B.), by the Department’s Park Police Division.

Lottery-Based and Cooperative Managed Deer Hunting Programs

 [Parks Closed from Sunrise – Sunset]

October
24 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)
25 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)
27 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)
29 – North Germantown Greenway (Clarksburg)/Great Seneca Stream Valley Park (Gaithersburg)

November
1 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)
3 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)
5 – North Germantown Greenway (Clarksburg)/Great Seneca Stream Valley Park (Gaithersburg)
7 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)
8 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)
12 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)
14 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)
15 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)
17 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)
18 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)
19 – North Germantown Greenway (Clarksburg)/Great Seneca Stream Valley Park (Gaithersburg)
21 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)
22 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)
24 – Rachel Carson Conservation Park (Olney)
25 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)

December
5 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)
6 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)
9 – Little Bennett Regional Park (Clarksburg)
10 – Little Bennett Regional Park (Clarksburg)
11 – Little Bennett Regional Park (Clarksburg)
12 – Little Bennett Regional Park (Clarksburg)
16 – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park (Darnestown)
17 – North Germantown Greenway (Clarksburg)/Great Seneca Stream Valley Park (Gaithersburg)
19 – Black Hill Regional Park: 10 Mile Creek Segment (Boyds)*
19 – Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park (Boyds)
19 – Little Seneca Stream Valley Park (Boyds)
20 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

January
2 – Black Hill Regional Park: 10 Mile Creek Segment (Boyds)*
2 – Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park (Boyds)
2 – Little Seneca Stream Valley Park (Boyds)
3 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)
9 – Woodstock Equestrian Park (Beallsville)
10 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)
23 – Black Hill Regional Park: 10 Mile Creek Segment (Boyds)*
23 – Bucklodge Forest Conservation Park (Boyds)
23 – Little Seneca Stream Valley Park (Boyds)
24 – Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (Boyds)

Park Police-Based Sharpshooting Program

[Parks Closed from 6:00PM – 6:00AM daily, January 10 – February 28]

Agricultural History Farm Park (Derwood - including attached segments of Rock Creek Stream Valley Units 15 & 16)
Black Hill Regional Park [Day Use Area] (Boyds)
Cabin John Regional Park (Bethesda)
Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Park (Silver Spring)*
Needwood Golf Course (Rockville)
North Branch Stream Valley Park Units 2 & 3 (Norbeck)
North Branch Stream Valley Park Unit 4 (Olney)
Northwest Branch Recreation Park (Aspen Hill - including Layhill Local Park in Wheaton)
Northwest Branch Stream Valley Park Unit 7 (Norwood)
Northwest Golf Course (Wheaton)
Paint Branch Stream Valley Park Units 5 & 6 (Silver Spring – including Pilgrim Hill Local Park, Valley Mill Special Park, Tamarack Neighborhood Park and Paint Branch Neighborhood Park)*
Red Door Store Historical Cultural Park (Sandy Spring)*
Rock Creek Regional Park (Rockville)
Rock Creek Stream Valley Park Unit 2 (Chevy Chase)
Rock Creek Stream Valley Park Unit 7 (Aspen Hill)
Sligo Creek Golf Course (Silver Spring)
Wheaton Regional Park (Wheaton)
Woodlawn Cultural Special Park (Sandy Spring)

* Proposed conversion/expansion initiative for FY2015

Tenant-based Managed Deer Hunting Program

Park is closed to public access year-round

Goshen Recreation Park (Goshen)

Park Police-based Sharpshooting

M-NCPPC Department of Parks, in order to reduce and maintain deer populations in accordance with the goals of the County’s deer management plan, conducts Police-based sharpshooting in select parks during the period of January through February.

Deer population reductions are conducted from 6:00PM until 6:00AM while the parks are closed to the public. Programming is designed with public safety being paramount. Police-based sharpshooting programs are directed and supervised by the Department’s Park Police Division and Wildlife Ecology Unit. Park Police Officers participating in this program have received extensive training and certification and utilize the most advance equipment and techniques available. Weapons discharge is conducted in a safe manner with safe backdrops identified prior to firing.

Deer are removed safely, humanely, and discreetly. All deer harvested through Park Police Sharpshooting operations are donated to the Capital Area Food Bank for distribution to the regions charitable organizations throughout the surrounding area. To date, the Department of Parks has donated at least 179,500 pounds of venison (718,000 servings) to those in need.

Police-based sharpshooting was implemented in the county in the spring of 1999 and has occurred annually ever since. To date, the Department has conducted Police-based sharpshooting programs in twenty-one county parks with exceptional results. Police-based sharpshooting is being conducted annually, and the Department continues to investigate expanding efforts to parklands in need of deer population reduction. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) on this topic.

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