Landowners Seeking Management Hunters
Many farmers, conservation groups and public land managers are seeking hunters to reduce the deer population on their lands. While there are many recreational hunters interested in hunting new lands, these landowners want hunters that go above and beyond to meet their goals – removing enough deer to have a financially viable farm operation or allowing native trees to grow.
If you’d like to submit an application, please contact Michael Van Clef – [email protected]
The application requires less than five minutes to complete. You will be asked about your recent harvest numbers, type of sporting arms utilized, and counties where you’d like to hunt. We will also require you to provide permission for us to check your past harvest numbers and any records of recent violations with the Division of Fish & Wildlife.
We will put together a list of qualified hunters, Deer Management Hunters, that we’ll make available to landowners around New Jersey. This will be a great opportunity for serious hunters with the talent to help landowners meet their goals by harvesting does and reducing the deer population. Opportunities to hunt will not include any fees from hunters to landowners - when possible, support will be provided to donate venison without costs to hunters.
This program is being sponsored by the New Jersey Farm Bureau, Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space, Sourland Conservancy, Mercer County and East Amwell Township. It is our goal to reduce negative deer impacts across the state – including damage to farmland, natural areas, and landscaping as well as reducing deer vehicle collisions and cases of Lyme disease.
Michael Van Clef, Ph.D.
Stewardship Director, Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space
Program Director, New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team
Principal, Ecological Solutions, LLC