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Deer management

In response to the recommendations of the Westchester County Citizen’s Task Force on White-tailed Deer and Forest Regeneration, and recognizing 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, Hilltop Hanover in Yorktown Heights and John E. Hand Bald Mountain Park in Yorktown for bow hunting deer beginning in October, 2016.

Program dates and times will be announced as the season approaches. However, the following general schedule will be used:

  • Sal J. Prezioso Mountain Lakes Park, Lasdon Park and Arboretum, Hilltop Hanover and Muscoot Farm seven days a week, 4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, hunting days will be Mondays through Fridays, with hours to be determined. In addition, Ward Pound Ridge will be closed to hunting on the following holidays: Monday, Oct. 10 and Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 25.
  • John E. Hand Bald Mountain Park in Yorktown will continue to be open to select, assigned hunters.

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 the application. Read the full Westchester County Adaptive Deer Management Program 2016 Guidelines or view the Adaptive Deer Management Program Report or the Deer and Forest Regeneration Report.