Thursday, January 31, 2013
A section between Verona and Cedar Grove will remain closed for the Essex County deer hunt.
Verona Police are reminding residents that Fairview Avenue between Durrell Street in Verona and Myrtle Avenue in Cedar Grove will be closed Thursday between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. because of the Essex County deer hunt. The early morning deer hunt was cancelled because of the weather, said Verona Police Capt. Mitchell Stern. Police are advising residents to plan alternatives routes. The sixth year of Essex County's deer management program began on Jan. 22 but has been scaled back from previous years. The deer hunt will also take place on Tuesday, Feb. 5 and Thursday, Feb. 7 from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., said Stern.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Do you think the county should continue the annual hunt?
Let the hunt begin. The sixth year of Essex County's deer management program begins Tuesday. The hunt will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays until Feb. 7. Hunting will take place at South Mountain Reservation in South Orange on Tuesday and Thursday, and Jan. 29 in the afternoon only. In addition, hunters will be allowed to track trails in the Hilltop Reservation and the old Essex County Hospital Center site in the mornings and afternoons on Jan 31, as well as on Feb. 5 and 7. The hunt has been scaled back this year. The program has been reduced from 24 hunting sessions in 12 days in 2012 to nine sessions in six days this year. Open/Closed During the deer hunt, the reservations and Fairview Avenue in Cedar Grove will be closed. The …
Saturday, February 4, 2012
As the annual deer management program reaches the midway point, we'd like to know your thoughts.
Essex County is midway through its annual winter deer hunt that started on Jan. 17 in the hopes of curbing the whitetail deer population. Since 2008, volunteer sharpshooters have stationed themselves at platforms in county reservations to cull deer. Last year, the county reported that the efforts had curbed 1,089 deer since the program's beginning. In 2010, the deer hunt spread to three reservations - South Mountain, Eagle Rock and Hilltop. In addition, the county has installed traffic deflectors and started replanting the undergrowth in some of the reservations as additional methods to curb deer. This year's hunt will finish on Feb. 23. Even after four years, some people object to the hunt and say it's inhumane and ineffective. We'd like …