The Fall hunting season for turkey and deer begins Sep. 15, 2022, in several Lyme preserves.

Bow-hunting season for deer and turkey will run from Sep. 15 through Nov. 15, then resume again from Dec. 21, 2022, through Jan. 31, 2023, with hunting permitted Monday through Thursday in the following preserves:

  • Beebe Preserve
  • Chestnut Hill Preserve
  • Eno Preserve
  • Hilles Preserve (West and East)
  • Hand Smith 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, the Lyme Land Trust and/or the Nature Conservancy, will remain open to all users during bow hunting season.  Please note that during this time, no hunting is allowed in these preserves on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, but hunting may be allowed on adjacent State and private land every day.

Hikers and other users of the preserves are encouraged to practice caution and wear bright colors in all the preserves during the hunting seasons, which run from Sep. 15, 2022, through Jan. 31, 2023.

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.)