Deer Hunt Set for Tyler State Park

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission have scheduled a one-day regulated deer hunt in Tyler Park for Dec. 5.

A one-day regulated deer hunt is scheduled for early December to help manage the large whitetail deer population that is adversely affecting the natural habitat at Tyler State Park, a notice from the township said.

The large deer population is causing damage to  shrubbery, wildflowers and other park vegetation, according to wildlife biologists, resulting in a severe reduction in the biological diversity of plant and animal species in the area. Further more, the amount of deer has also resulted in several auto accidents and damage to vegetation both in the park and surrounding property, the message from the township explained.

To properly manage the deer herd, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission have scheduled a one-day regulated deer hunt on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

"The one-day shotgun only hunt is intended to reduce both antlered and antlerless deer populations," the notice from Northampton Township said.

The hunt will be limited to 150 hunters who have special state park permits, and only shotguns using a "00" buckshot will be permitted.

Safety precautions will be taken by the Bureau of State Parks and The Pennsylvania Game Commission to ensure the hunt is conducted in a safe manner. 

"As a safety measure, safety zones, no hunting areas, and park boundaries will be posted and strictly enforced. Extra Park Rangers, Wildlife Conservation Officers and State Police will be stationed throughout the park during the hunt," the notice said.

Later in December and through the end of January, a regulated late-season archery hunt will be scheduled in the park north of Dairy Hill Trail to include the Covered Bridge area for a total of 500 acres. A maximum of 12 hunters will be permitted in the hunting area every day. All hunters must attend the mandatory safety orientation. 

The dates for the archery hunt are Dec. 26 through Jan. 26, 2013. 

Contact the park office at 215-968-2021 to receive a copy of the hunting notoce pr a hunt area map. Call Park Manager Brian Flores at 215-968-2021 with other questions and concerns.

Dunacn November 20, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I'd prefer if they thinned out the heard around Churchville Nature Center.
Becky November 21, 2012 at 01:35 PM
This definitely needs to happen. I'm sad that it's necessary, but thanks to the ridiculous amount of building done in this area over the last 20 years, the deer have been driven into small areas that are still wooded. I grew up here and when I was a kid it was an absolute MIRACLE to see a deer when driving down a road. Now they LIVE in my backyard and walk down our street like it's nothing. It's shameful that through the greed of builders our wildlife's natural habitat is constantly being destroyed. The great "expansion" of the overpriced NAC took another huge chunk of land where the deer could find a safe haven. Now we get to look at a hideously ugly brown corrugated metal box instead of trees and fields. Hope everyone enjoys their overpriced drinks sitting by the "water park". Shame on us - shame, shame.
NS November 21, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I herd it was thin around there......
Sandy November 21, 2012 at 08:07 PM
@ Becky, You are Soo Right. Deer hunts are necessary. All those rich preppy's are the ones complaining about the deer hunts, yet, they are the main reason this event has to happen. I personally hope they get DUI's after sipping their dirty martini's.
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