The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) will be conducting a one-day, antlered and antlerless deer hunt on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at Tyler State Park, Bucks County. The hunt is held every year to reduce the deer population in order to maintain a balance of the parks ecosystem, park officials said.
“The regulated deer hunt is needed to manage the deer population within the park,” said Park Manager Brian Flores. “Deer are impacting the delicate balance of the park’s ecosystem by over-browsing on tree saplings, forest understory, shrubs, and wildflowers.”
On December 4th, 150 hunters will be allowed to hunt with only manual, semi-automatic, or muzzleloader shotguns with “00” buckshot ammunition for both antlered and antlerless deer. During the hunt, the park will be closed to general public use for the entire day.
Hunters have already applied and have been selected by a lottery system. Successful applicants will be given complete packages of safety rules, procedures, and maps showing open-hunting areas. Immediately prior to legal hunting time, a mandatory information and safety session will be held for the participants conducted by DCNR State Park staff and Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officers.
This regulated shotgun hunt is in addition to the late season antler and antlerless archery hunt scheduled from December 26, 2013 – January 25, 2014. The archery hunters have been selected via lottery and the hunt area of 500 acres is located in the northern portion of the park. Total of 60 permits have been issued and only 12 hunters per week will be permitted to hunt in the designated hunting area. The entire park will remain open to the public during the late season archery hunt. Hunters are required to attend an information and safety orientation.
For more details on the hunt, or information on Tyler State Park, call 215-968-2021. For information on any of Pennsylvania’s 120 state parks, call toll-free 1-888-PA-PARKS, or visit DCNR’s website through the PA PowerPort at www.state.pa.us or directly at www.dcnr.state.pa.us.
Persons needing an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability can contact the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks : 1-888-PA-PARKS (voice); (717)558-2711 (local or international TTY);and 1-800-654-5984 (PA At&T Relay Service).