The Fall bow hunting season for deer and turkey begins September 15, 2020 in several Lyme preserves. Preserves remain open to everyone. Hikers and other users are encouraged to practice caution and wear bright colors in all the preserves during hunting seasons as adjacent public and private lands may allow hunting.

Bow-hunting season for deer and turkey runs Sep. 15 through Nov. 17, 2020, then resume again from Dec. 23, 2020 through Jan. 31, 2021 with hunting permitted Monday through Thursday in the following preserves:

Beebe Preserve
Chestnut Hill Preserve
Eno Preserve
Hand-Smith Preserve
Honey Hill Preserve
Jewett Preserve
Johnston Preserve
Mount Archer Woods
Pickwick’s Preserve
Plimpton Preserve
Slawson Preserve

The preserves, which are owned by the Town of Lyme or the Lyme Land Conservation Trust, will remain open to everyone during bow hunting season. Please note that no hunting is allowed on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays during bow season.

Permits for hunting on these preserves are granted by the Town of Lyme Open Space
Coordinator each year to a limited number of licensed hunters. The hunting program for this year is fully subscribed. For more information on hunting programs and seasons, click here.

Bow hunting is allowed on Nehantic State Forest and Selden Neck Preserve every day except Sunday. For more info about State hunting regulations, go to: