Bow hunting season for turkey and deer is about to begin in several Lyme preserves. Hikers and other residents using these preserves during hunting season are encouraged to practice caution and wear bright colors.  It is a good idea to wear bright colors in all preserves during hunting seasons as adjacent public and private lands may allow hunting.  

Bow-hunting season for deer and turkey will run from Sep. 15 through Nov. 19, then resume again from Dec. 25 through Jan. 31 – with hunting permitted Monday through Thursday, from a half-hour before sunrise to sunset, in the following preserves:

  • Beebe Preserve
  • Chestnut Hill Preserve
  • Eno Preserve
  • Hand Smith
  • Honey Hill Preserve
  • Jewett 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 for turkey and deer. Please note that no hunting is allowed in these preserves on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays.

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.)