If you hunt in Westchester County in New York you’ll be pleased to know that the continued success of the controlled hunts in the County Parks has led to increased support for the program to continue in 2011.

The Westchester County Citizen’s Task Force recognizes the success of regional municipalities with managing deer density, Westchester County will re-open sections of Muscoot Farm and Lasdon Park and Arboretum in Somers, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River and Mountain Lakes Park in North Salem for bow hunting deer in the autumn of 2011. Participants will be selected by testing and lottery.

Applicants must prove county residency and pass a proficiency test by hitting a 9-inch target at 25 yards, three out of three tries, using field tips only, at Blue Mountain Sportsman Center in Peekskill on July 29, 30 and 31. Following the proficiency test, qualified hunters will be selected by lottery. There is no fee for applying or testing, but those selected for the program will pay an administrative fee of $25.

The program will run from October 15 through December 31, 2011; the parks will remain open during the season and informational signs will be posted for hunters and park visitors. A detailed safety program will be in effect.

Download and print an application or pick one up at any of the four participating parks. Signed applications must be received in the County Parks Department administrative office at 25 Moore Avenue, Mount Kisco 10549, attention Deer Management Program by July 27, 2011 at 4 p.m. Prospective hunters should read and thoroughly understand all requirements because there will be a zero-tolerance policy for non-compliance.

For more information in participating in the 2011 County Park Controlled Hunts in Westchester County please call (914) 864-7326.

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