MEDIA CONTACT:  Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J.
- The Mercer County Park Commission will begin a deer management program at the Pole Farm section of Mercer Meadows. The program will run from Jan. 1 through Feb. 16, 2013, and deer will be harvested by bow only.

The majority of the trails in the park will be closed to the public on hunting days; however, the Lawrence-Hopewell Trail and Twin Pines Trail will remain open to the public. There will be 150-foot safety zones along these two trails to ensure the safety of park users on hunting days.

Interested parties should visit the Mercer County Park Commission website at http://nj.gov/counties/mercer/commissions/park/ or call the County Naturalist at (609) 303–0706 for more information. Program rules and regulations, along with the application and maps, can be found on the Park Commission website. A printed copy of the deer management application can be mailed to individuals upon request.

Applications are being accepted through Dec. 5, 2012. Fees are $30 for Mercer County residents and $55 for non-residents. For more information, please e-mail jrogers@mercercounty.org or call the above phone number.

As a result of the environmental control program, only the Lawrence-Hopewell Trail and Twin Pines Trail will be open to the public on the following dates: Jan. 1, 2, 5, 7-9, 14-16, 19, 21-23, 28-30 and Feb. 2, 4-6, 11-13, 16, 2013.