Bow Hunting Season for Turkey & Deer Begins September 15, 2022

Gorgeous Greens (Chestnut Hill Preserve) by Diana Fiske

The Fall hunting season for turkey and deer begins September 15, 2022 in several Lyme preserves. Hikers and other users are encouraged to practice caution and wear bright colors on all the preserves during the hunting seasons from September 15 to January 31. Even if there is no hunting in a preserve, there may be hunting on adjacent properties every day.

Bow-hunting season for deer and turkey will run from Sep. 15 through Nov. 15, then resume again from Dec. 21, 2022 through Jan. 31, 2023 with hunting permitted Monday through Thursday in the following preserves:

  • Beebe Preserve
  • Chestnut Hill Preserve
  • Eno Preserve
  • Hilles (West and East)
  • Hand-Smith
  • Jewett Preserve
  • Johnston Preserve
  • Mount Archer Woods
  • Pickwick’s Preserve
  • Plimpton Preserve
  • Slawson Preserve

The preserves, which are owned by the Town of Lyme, the Lyme Land Trust, and/or the Nature Conservancy, will remain open to all users during bow hunting season. Please note that during this time, no hunting is allowed on these preserves on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

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, go here.)