Fall bow hunting season for deer and turkey begins Sep. 15 and runs through Nov. 14, with hunting permitted Monday through Friday in the following preserves:

  • Beebe Preserve
  • Chestnut Hill Preserve
  • Eno Preserve
  • Hand-Smith Preserve
  • Hilles Preserve (West and East)
  • 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 no hunting is allowed in these preserves on Saturday or Sunday.

Hikers and other residents are encouraged to practice caution and wear bright colors in all the preserves during this year’s hunting seasons – which run from Sep. 15, 2023, through Jan. 31, 2024 – as adjacent public and private lands may allow hunting.

Permits for hunting in these preserves are granted annually by the Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator 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.)