The Land Trust has partnered with the Town of Lyme to cooperatively administer a hunting program on some of our preserves. Much of Lyme’s forestland is experiencing deer browse damage to the valuable understory vegetation. Controlled hunting protects vibrant habitats, decreases the number of wildlife related car accidents, helps decrease the spread of tick-related diseases, and provides access for a traditional use of open space in Lyme. A limited number of permits are granted to licensed hunters. All State laws and safety regulations are followed.
During deer firearm season, November 14 – December 18, 2018, these preserves are closed Monday through Friday, except to permitted hunters.
Preserves Where Hunting Occurs:
- Beebe Preserve
- Chestnut Hill Preserve
- Jewett Preserve, Mount Archer Woods, Eno Preserve, and Pickwick’s Preserve
- Hand Smith
- Honey Hill Preserve
- Plimpton Preserve
The Nature Conservancy coordinates a deer hunt at Selden Creek Preserve; however, the preserve will not be closed because the hunting area is safely separated from the part of the preserve with public trails.
Hunting on State property is allowed with a State permit. On State property, hunting is allowed every day, during hunting seasons, except Sunday. The preserves remain open to all users. Be aware.
Practice caution and wear bright colors in the woods during hunting seasons.
From September 15 to November 13, 2018 and December 19, 2018 to January 31, 2019, bow & arrow and/or shotgun hunting is allowed by permitted consent Monday through Thursday; the preserves where hunting occurs are open to non-hunting users during that time but bright clothing is recommended.
Complete Information for Hunters
For hunting information and for permit application instructions: Hunting Requirements with Chart and Map 2018
For partly filled out consent forms (there are several pages): Pre-filled Hunting Consent Forms 2018
Consent to hunt may be granted to licensed hunters by request to the Open Space Coordinator of the Town of Lyme.
Open Space Coordinator, Lyme Town Hall, 480 Hamburg Rd, Lyme CT 06371
For all other trail maps, click here.
Information about hunting seasons, public hunting areas, laws, and regulations is in the Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide, which is available at all town halls, license agents, and also here.
Report violations of state laws and regulations to the Environmental Conservation Police at (860) 424-3333. You may also use the “Turn-in-Poachers” Hotline at (800) 842-4357, where callers can choose to remain anonymous and receive cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the violator.