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Deer Hunt Begins at Hilltop Thursday

Here's what you need to know during county's three-week deer culling program.

Deer hunting is scheduled to begin at Hilltop and Eagle Rock reservations Thursday as part of Essex County’s fifth annual deer management program.

County-approved volunteer hunters will be in the Hilltop, a 284-acre parcel that spans Cedar Grove, Verona, Caldwell and North Caldwell, and at the 408-acre Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Feb. 2 through Feb. 23 during daylight hours. Both reservations will be closed during the hunt.

The Essex County Sheriff's Office has reported the following road closures during the period of the hunt on Tuesdays and Thursdays from midnight to 10 p.m.

Near Hilltop Reservation, Fairview Avenue, from Myrtle Avenue to Durrell Street, will be closed. All roadways within Eagle Rock Reservation will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, except for business traffic for the Highlawn Pavilion. No other roadways in the immediate vicinity of Eagle Rock will be closed.

For more information about road closures during the dates and times of the Deer Management Program, contact the Essex County Sheriff’s Command and Communications Center at 973-621-4111.

Tama Flynn February 02, 2012 at 05:32 PM
It breaks my heart to think it serendipitous to kill animals that drop in your yard which was their home before you chose to build on it and take away their food and protection. I often wonder how horified people would feel if someone, somewhere decided to shoot humans who are crowding out other humans. No,,,never happen, humans are superior right? If you believe that then my heart really goes out to you for having no soul.
CR February 03, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Amen, Tama!
Jean Mollack February 04, 2012 at 02:06 AM
I know of no area in New Jersey where hunting has reduced the deer population or motor vehicle accidents involving deer. This because the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife works to keep the animals stocked for hunting. Until this practice is ended, the conflicts concerning deer and people will not be solved!
Susan Rinaldi February 04, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Tama, read the history of the American Indian and you will know how the deer feel. Anyone take a ride on the new Zip Line that runs through the woods? How about dining at the new Restaurant on the reseviour. Maybe then we'll know why the deer have to be killed and not birth controled.
Pat February 07, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Amen Tama. They (who use this as an opportunity to let their deer killing buddies to get their jollies off) shouldn't be in a position of power. It is gut wrenching to hear those shots go off from my North Caldwell home. It actually makes me sick to my stomach and is extremely upsetting to know this is going on in our own backyard. If you don't want your plants eaten, move to the city.

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