The Fall hunting season for turkey and deer begins Sep. 15, 2020, in several Lyme preserves. Hikers and other residents are encouraged to practice caution and wear bright colors  on all the preserves during hunting season as adjacent public and private lands allow hunting.  

Bow-hunting season for deer and turkey will run from Sep. 15 through Nov. 17, then resume again from Dec. 23, 2020, through Jan. 31, 2021, with hunting permitted Monday through Thursday, from sunrise to sunset, in the following preserves:

  • Beebe Preserve
  • Chestnut Hill Preserve
  • Eno Preserve
  • Hand-Smith
  • Honey Hill Preserve
  • Jewett Preserve
  • Johnston 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.  Please note that no hunting is allowed on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays during bow season.

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.)