Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is proposing a pilot Archery Managed Deer Hunting Program at two parks from September through November 2015, and during January 2016. The pilot is being proposed to address the overpopulation of deer on parkland in urban communities where safety regulations prohibit the use of firearms. If approved, the proposed program will complement the department’s managed hunting and Park Police sharpshooting initiatives.
Montgomery Parks is currently seeking public comment on the proposed initiative through July 30 as part of its evaluation process. Comments may be submitted at www.ParksDeerManagement.org or by mail to:
M-NCPPC, Deer Management Initiatives,
12535 Milestone Manor Lane
Germantown, MD 20876
All comments, excluding any personal identifying information, will be posted at www.ParksDeerManagement.org.
Montgomery Parks’ pilot Archery Managed Deer Hunting Program is proposed for Great Seneca Stream Valley, Unit 1(Germantown) and Watts Branch Stream Valley Park, Units 1 & 2 (Potomac). The parks will remain open to the public if the program is approved.
Archery hunters will be selected based on experience, a background check, safety and ethics training, and results of an accuracy proficiency requirement. Participants will take an orientation program which includes a review of strict, clear guidelines for the hunts. A maximum of six participants will be permitted to hunt at a given time in each park, beginning in September. Signage will be posted at all park entrances, trailheads and key access points, to inform park users of the hunts.
Participants will receive maps identifying safe and permissible hunting areas; signs will be posted as well to delineate these areas. Hunting will occur from a stationary, elevated position, with shots restricted in distance and directed into a safe backstop.