State: Park Visitors Be Careful During Hunting Season

Double Trouble State Park is beautiful this time of year, but you might not be the only person in the woods. (Photo by Patricia A. Miller)

BERKELEY – If you’re planning on heading over to Double Trouble State Park anytime soon, the state wants you to know that most areas of the park are open to hunters for the next several months.

Visitors to the park should wear colorful clothing and visit only the protected areas of the park, like the historic district or the cranberry bogs. Swordens Pond Trail and Dover Forge Trail are outside of the protected zones, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Photo by Patricia A. Miller

Roughly 93 percent of the park is available for hunting. No hunting is permitted on Sundays, the DEP states on the park’s Facebook page.

The hunting dates for the remainder of the year include:

  • Youth Firearms Day: Nov. 17
  • Permit and Muzzleloaders: Nov. 26 and Nov. 27; Dec. 1, Dec. 17 through Dec. 19, Dec. 24, and Dec. 26 through Dec. 31.
  • 6 Day Firearm: Dec. 3 through Dec. 8.
  • Permit Shotgun: Dec. 12 through Dec. 14.
  • Winter Bow: Jan. 1 through Jan. 31, 2019.

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Patricia A. Miller began her career in 1984 as a reporter at the Asbury Park Press. She covered a variety of towns in Ocean County and wrote an award-winning column, "Ocean Diary," each week. She later spent seven years at Greater Media Newspapers and served as managing editor of the Edison/Metuchen Sentinel, the Woodbridge Sentinel and the Brick Township Bulletin during that time. Pat spent the last 8 years as a local Patch editor. Pat has won a number of awards during her time as a journalist, including the New Jersey Press Association, the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists and the North Jersey Press Club.