Shotgun hunting season for turkey begins Oct. 7 and runs through Oct. 31, with hunting permitted Monday through Thursday in the following preserves:

  • Beebe Preserve
  • Chestnut Hill Preserve
  • Eno Preserve
  • Hilles Preserve (West and East)
  • Johnston Preserve
  • Mount Archer Woods
  • Plimpton Preserve
  • Slawson Preserve

The preserves, which are owned by the Lyme Land Trust or the Town of Lyme, will remain open to everyone during firearm hunting season for turkey.  Please note that during this time no hunting is allowed in these preserves Saturday or Sunday, but hunting may be allowed on adjacent State and private land every day.

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 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.)