While we always encourage responsible vigilance by our park users, there is no additional cause for concern regarding personal safety. It is clear that non-participant injuries resulting from archery hunting activities are all but non-existent.
Similar archery programs occur throughout Maryland, including within Montgomery County, and no personal injury to non-hunting participants have been reported. Montgomery Parks is committed to prioritizing public safety in its deer management efforts, and our Archery Managed Deer Hunting Program follows in that manner.
Hunting occurs under strict guidelines, in accordance with state and local regulations pertaining to archery deer hunting, and within designated areas of the park. Participants are required to hunt from a stationary, elevated position, located at least one hundred yards from any occupied building.
Weapons discharge is restricted to targets within a distance of 30 yards, and not from, onto, or across marked trails.
NOTE: The chance of accidental injury to people or pets is nearly impossible. Nationally reported non-target species injuries by archery hunting, are often unlawful, and are considered intentional. In cases of injury to domesticated animals, these reported incidents are considered malicious, despicable acts. Montgomery Parks will not tolerate such actions, and seeks the most ethical and proficient hunters for participation. Participant equipment will be marked with unique identification to aid in determining responsibility for any such occurrence.