2020 Archery Permits for White-Tailed Deer

All permits for the 2020/ 2021 seasons have been filled.  We are not accepting applications at this time. White tail deer populations are to be managed on Chester County Real Estate consistent with current seasons, bag limits, and objectives established by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. It is the stewardship responsibility of the Chester County Department of Parks + Preservation to recommend and affect means of population controls that meet these objectives. The chief objective in conducting regulated hunting programs as a means to manage deer populations is to strive towards sustainable forest ecosystems and to maximize biodiversity potential accordingly.

Regulated archery hunting programs will take place at Exton Park, Linfield Basin, Sanatoga Basin, Black Rock Sanctuary, Hibernia Park, Springton Manor Farm, Nottingham Park, and Wolf’s Hollow Park during open archery-hunting seasons in predetermined areas.

Permits are issued at varying rates depending on site characteristics, forested area, parking and public use. Lottery winners must complete a shooting proficiency test as detailed in the Rules and Regulations and attend a mandatory orientation meeting.

A junior archery hunter may apply for one permit with an adult guardian.

To be considered for an application, applicants must successfully complete the PA Game Commission Successful Bowhunting Course. A copy of the certification card will be required as part of the application process.

Goose Hunting at Chambers Lake (Hibernia Park)

All permits for the 2020/ 2021 seasons have been filled.  We are not accepting applications at this time. To control and maintain the resident and migratory Canada goose population at a level to minimize nuisance problems in maintained public areas, while still providing viewing opportunities for park visitors. Hunting for Canada and Snow/Blue Geese is again open for the 2020/2021 hunting season in established blind locations around Chambers Lake. Seasons and bag limits for geese must conform to those established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. These seasons will be set in late summer, announced through the news media and will be available at the U.S. Post Offices in early September.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service will determine the seasons and bag limits in August. Permits will be available at Hibernia Park on a first come first served basis. All hunting party members must present a valid 2020 PA Hunting License, 2020 Migratory Game Bird License, and if 16 or older, a 2020 Federal Migratory Duck Stamp. 

Call Hibernia Park at 610-344-6415 for details.