NEWBURYPORT, MA - A controlled white-tailed deer hunt has been scheduled for Wed., December 11, 2013, at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, MA. As an integral part of a comprehensive Refuge Wildlife Management Program, this annual hunt helps maintain the deer population at a level commensurate with available habitat while providing recreational opportunities for the hunting public.
The hunt is by Refuge permit only with a maximum of 35 hunters, including up to 4 paraplegic hunters and 15 standbys, to be selected by public lottery on Tues., October 8, at 4:00 p.m., at the Refuge Headquarters. The hunt zone will consist of approximately 1400 acres on the Plum Island section of the Refuge. To ensure public safety, the entire Plum Island section will be closed to all other activities for the day of the hunt.
To apply for a permit, send a single 3” x 5” card containing your complete name, address, daytime phone number, and Massachusetts deer hunting license number to the Refuge Headquarters. For two people to hunt together on the same day, both may apply on the same single 3” x 5” card that contains the required information of both applicants.
Only one Paraplegic hunter is required for a buddy team to qualify for the paraplegic hunt lottery. The paraplegic hunter may have an assistant who is not allowed to hunt and whose name and other information should not be included on the application. The paraplegic hunter should note “paraplegic” on his/her application card to ensure entry into the paraplegic hunt lottery. Only one application is permitted per party.
For all applications, a self-addressed stamped envelope should be submitted, one for each hunter, with the application. All applications must be received by COB, Frid., October 4, 2013. Please send applications to: Parker River NWR Headquarters, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950.