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Deer Pond State Natural Area

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Site Characteristics

  • Huntable acres: 190
  • Habitat: Previous ownership and management of this site was for softwood timber production.  Much of the area remains in sycamore and sweet gum, although some mature timber remnants remain.  Dutchman Creek runs though the site, which is low lying and prone to flooding.
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Site Specific Regulations

  • All statewide hunting regulations apply at site unless noted hereafter.
  • All hunters must sign-in prior to hunting and must sign-out and report harvest each day at the registration boxes before leaving the site.
  • Use Hunt Planner to find hunting seasons open at this site.
  • Hunters may leave stands unattended from September 15 – January 31. Stands must be legibly marked with owner’s name, address and telephone number.
  • No ATV’s or bicycles are allowed.
  • Hunting is only allowed in the state natural area. No hunting is allowed in the restricted area or in the nature preserve. It shall be illegal to enter the nature preserve with a weapon in possession.
  • No permanent blinds or pits may be dug or constructed. All blinds must be portable or established with natural vegetation and must be removed or dismantled at the end of each day’s hunt. Cutting of live vegetation in the areas is illegal.
  • Species-specific rules:

Deer

  • Statewide regulations

Turkey

  • Statewide regulations

Waterfowl

  • Statewide regulations

Squirrels/Rabbits

  • Squirrels
    • Statewide regulations
  • Rabbits
    • Statewide regulations

Upland Birds

  • Statewide regulations
  • Crow hunting is not permitted.

Furbearers

  • Hunting
    • Statewide regulations
    • Rimfire rifles .22 caliber and smaller may be used from sunset to sunrise.
    • Furbearer hunting closed during Firearm Deer Season
      • Hunters with a valid, unfilled firearm deer permit for the hunt area may take coyotes during legal hours of the firearm deer season. Otherwise, the use of shotgun slugs to take furbearing mammals is prohibited on state sites.
    • Coyote and striped skunk season coincides with the statewide fox season.
  • Trapping
    • Site permission is required. Contact site for more information

Amenities

  • None