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Deer Control Public Hunting Requirements

Post Date:12/05/2019 3:00 PM

To control the deer population, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners requires the Township of Lower Merion to apply for a special permit to remove deer. As a condition of approval, we must allow public hunting control options on approved Township properties.

To adhere to the PA. Game Commissions requirements, the Township has approved eight Township Parks to be open for public hunting. The Township permits the use of bows and strictly forbids the use of firearms when hunting in Township Parks.

The Township is required to report hunting activities on the approved properties. We must document the location(s) hunted, the name of all hunters/or groups, and the hunter’s harvest information. This information will insure that the Township provides proof of the public hunting requirement and that hunters indeed had the first chance to manage the Townships deer population.

The hunters must meet all the rules and regulations of the PA. Game Commission and must be approved by Township staff prior to hunting on Township properties. Hunting on Township property is currently open to current township employees and members of an approved hunting group. Hunting on Township property is not open to the general public and anyone hunting on township property without permission will be prosecuted. 

The approved hunters will only be afield during the State-wide 2019-2020 hunting seasons:

 September 21, 2019 – December 14, 2019 and December 26, 2019 – January 25, 2020

 The approved Township Parks are listed below:

Appleford Estate

Black Rock Rd. at Dove Lake Rd.

Rolling Hill Park

The Croyle Property

Upper Mill Creek Park

Lower Mill Creek Park

Kenealy Park north of Lafayette Rd.

Kenealy Park south of Lafayette Rd.


Please note the above rules apply when hunting on Township Property. Hunters are permitted to hunt on private property as long as they have permission from the property owner and adhere to all PA Game Commissions rules and regulations.

If you have any questions about the Lower Merion Deer Control permit, please contact the Animal Warden at 610-645-6215.

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