Bow Hunting Season for Turkey & Deer in Lyme Preserves begins on September 15, 2023

Fall Bow-hunting season for deer and turkey is from September 15 through November 14, 2023 with hunting permitted Monday through Friday in the following preserves:

Beebe Preserve
Chestnut Hill Preserve
Eno Preserve
Hand Smith
Hilles Preserve (West and East)
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 no hunting is allowed on these preserves Saturday or Sunday.

Hikers and other residents are encouraged to practice caution and wear bright colors on all the preserves during the hunting seasons as adjacent public and private lands may allow hunting.

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 to