The Springfield Township (N.J.) Committee voted in favor of a limited hunt on the property to control the deer population. Participants are only permitted to hunt on certain days, must possess a New Jersey hunting license, and may not fire a weapon “within 500 yards of any residential structure or property line.”
Township Committee approved a limited deer hunt at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield Township, N.J., after representatives from the club requested hunting permits in order to limit the deer population on the property, the Newark-based New Jersey Star-Ledger reported.
The full Township Committee voted unanimously in favor of the measure at the committee’s meeting yesterday. Mayor David Amlen said the deer hunt at Baltusrol has taken place annually since at least 17 years ago, when he first came to Springfield, the Star-Ledger reported.
The township is allowing hunts on the following dates: November 25-27; December 9-14; and December 18-20.
Township officials have placed several limitations on the hunt. Anyone taking part has to have a valid New Jersey hunting license and a valid New Jersey firearms purchaser identification card on each day they participate in the hunt, the Star-Ledger reported.
Also, “all persons hunting shall be experienced hunters,” and “no employee of the Township of Springfield or member of their immediate family shall be allowed to participate in the hunt,” according to language in the resolution, the Star-Ledger reported.
No firing of any weapon can take place “within 500 yards of any residential structure or property line,” and hunting is limited to the hours of 7 a.m. to half an hour following sunset, the Star-Ledger reported.