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Deer Hunt Begins at Hilltop Thursday

Here's what you need to know during county's three-week deer culling program.

Deer Hunt Begins at Hilltop Thursday

Deer hunting is scheduled to begin at Hilltop and Eagle Rock reservations Thursday as part of Essex County’s fifth annual deer management program.

County-approved volunteer hunters will be in the Hilltop, a 284-acre parcel that spans Cedar Grove, Verona, Caldwell and North Caldwell, and at the 408-acre Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Feb. 2 through Feb. 23 during daylight hours. Both reservations will be closed during the hunt.

The Essex County Sheriff's Office has reported the following road closures during the period of the hunt on Tuesdays and Thursdays from midnight to 10 p.m.

Near Hilltop Reservation, Fairview Avenue, from Myrtle Avenue to Durrell Street, will be closed. All roadways within Eagle Rock Reservation will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, except for business traffic for the Highlawn Pavilion. No other roadways in the immediate vicinity of Eagle Rock will be closed.

For more information about road closures during the dates and times of the Deer Management Program, contact the Essex County Sheriff’s Command and Communications Center at 973-621-4111.

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