MEDIA CONTACT:  Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

- 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 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 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.