Deer Management Program Schedule

The Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks has announced its fall/winter schedule for managing the deer population through bow and shotgun managed hunts and sharpshooting. This effort helps maintain a stable, balanced white tailed deer population in our parks where deer browsing has been shown to reduce biodiversity.
Since the program began in 1998, there has been an observable improvement in habitat quality and vegetation abundance in many of the parks where managed hunting and sharpshooting has taken place. The managed hunt program gives specially screened and selected hunters daytime access to various parks. This year’s managed hunts will include a combination of bow and shotgun, and will take place from dawn until noon. Each park will be closed for all other uses during this time.
The Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA) managed hunt (bow & shotgun) will take place on the following dates: No- vember 10 and 30; January 2 and 30; and February 13 and 27.
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