MOHONK PRESERVE’S 2015 DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Deer hunting occurs on the Preserve through a volunteer-based deer management program. Each fall, hunters who have previously cooperated by returning a hunting log and properly reporting their deer are invited to participate another season. As a volunteer in Mohonk Preserve’s Deer Management Program, you play a critical role in helping to mitigate the impacts of deer overbrowsing on the unique forests of the Shawangunk Mountains.
Invitations to reapply for the 2015 season will be sent to priority hunters by September 1 and will be accepted starting immediately. Permits, observation logs, maps, and guidelines will then be mailed to each returning hunter.
Applications will be available to non-priority hunters on September 24th at Thruway Sporting Goods and on this website on September 25th. Permits will be issued on a first come, first serve basis. Anyone, applying for a permit must complete the application and submit a clear, legible copy of their valid NYS hunting license. Anyone applying for a permit must be in possession of a valid NYS hunting license. A notice will be posted on the website and at the Visitor Center once permits are no longer available.
2015 Mohonk Preserve Deer Hunting Season Dates and Time Restrictions (Specific to Mohonk Preserve)
October 13 through December 22
ARCHERY: October 13 – November 20
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
Sunrise to 8:45 AM AND 3:00 PM to sunset (10/13/15 – 11/5/15)
NO ARCHERY ALLOWED:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
from 8:45 AM to 3:00 PM (10/13/15 – 11/5/15)
These restrictions DO NOT apply Fri, Sat, Sun, and from Nov 6th – Nov 20th
CROSSBOW: November 7 – December 22 (see tag and time restrictions outlined below)
*November 7th through November 20th: Hunters using crossbows during this season are only permitted to
harvest deer using Bow/Muzzleloader/DMP/DMAP tags.
*November 21st through December 22nd: Crossbows are allowed during shotgun/handgun season using
Reg. Big Game/DMP/DMAP tags.
*December 14th through December 22nd: Hunters using crossbows during this season are permitted to
harvest deer using Bow/Muzzleloader/DMP/DMAP/Reg. Big Game tags.
*Hunters must possess muzzleloader privileges on their license.
For more information on crossbow state regulations as outlined by the Department of Environmental
Conservation, click here.
SHOTGUN / HANDGUN (NO RIFLES): November 21 – December 13
MUZZLELOADER / ARCHERY: December 14 - December 22
PLEASE NOTE: Hunting on Mohonk Preserve via crossbow is legal. Hunters must follow state regulations as outlined by the Department of Environmental Conservation. Click here for more information and to view the state regulations.
All other recreational activities are still allowed at the Preserve during hunting season. Recreationists are encouraged to wear blaze orange while hiking, and remember to always keep your dog leashed whenever you visit the Preserve.
How does hunting help the Preserve?
To fulfill our mission of protecting the biodiversity of the Shawangunks, the Preserve must manage our unique haitats and natural resources. Long-term deer overbrowsing has had destructive consequences for the forests of the Shawangunks. Deer populations have grown due to a number of factors, including increasingly mild winters and development that creates lawns, gardens, and wooded edges that provide deer with plentiful food and habitat. Additionally, there is a lack of natural predators (like mountain lions and wolves) to check the deer population.
In our forests, deer are heavy consumers of saplings and other vegetation, and many areas of forest are simply not regenerating. At high risk are native plants like orchids and wildflowers, food sources of many animals, and critical nesting areas for birds like ruffed grouse, wood thrush, and warblers.
Deer hunting is widely recognized throughout the Northeast as a useful tool for maintaining healthy forests that can regenerate and support diverse plants and animals. The Preserve’s hunting and deer management policies are based on conservation goals and rooted in science, including more than 80 years of research on the nature of the Shawangunks.
Our program follows both New York State and our own permitting and safety regulations. Hunters are required to bring their deer to check stations, or have it checked by a ranger, allowing researchers to collect information (for example age and sex) so that we can monitor and help ensure the herd’s health over time. This is one of the research activities underway at the Preserve to understand and address the role of deer in the environment.