The Princeton Deer Hunt is back and is set to kick off next month on numerous public and private properties.

Princeton NJ has filed for a deer hunting permit and was approved between the dates of February 1st - March 15th.

While deer hunting may seem pretty gruesome, there is a logical explanation behind this specific hunt.

Frankly, the area is overpopulated with deer, and that can lead to agricultural problems. Plus, they carry public safety risks (tick-borne diseases, auto collisions, etc.)

In the 12 months from November 2016 through October 2017, Princeton recorded 93 deer-related auto accidents, NJ.com reported. "The numbers are higher than they should be," Princeton Health Officer Jeff Grosser told NJ.com last year.

Here are the locations where the Princeton Deer Hunt will be held between daily (between 4 - 9p), as published on Patch.com.

  • Gulick Farm
  • Mercer County Herrontown Woods Arboretum
  • Pretty Brook/Great Road
  • Rosedale – Green Acres
  • Historic Overlook and Stony Brook/Quaker Road (Block 9801, Lots 4, 9, and 10 – about 38 acres located between Mercer Street and Route 206)
  • Woodfield Reservation (Block 1701, Lots 4 and 8, and Block 1801, Lots 1, 4 and 5 only)
  • Mountain Lakes Reserve (Portions of Block 5201, Lots 2 and 29.14 only)
  • Van Dyke Woods/Smoyer Park