Deer Management Program

Clinton Township Deer Hunt
For the 2022/2023 Season

Dear Applicant:

Welcome to the Clinton Township Municipal Deer Management Permit application process. Applications will ONLY be available online at Completed applications will ONLY be accepted online via submission to Tom Silvia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Residents and employees of Clinton Township will be allowed to submit their applications starting at 8:00am on Monday, June 6th 2022. Non-residents will be allowed to submit their application starting at 8:00am on Monday, June 13th 2022. Please be advised that should the allotted permits be consumed during the resident/employee timeframe there will be no permits available for non-residents.

Key points about the program for the 2022/2023 season:

  1. Application paperwork will only be available to applicants online at the Clinton Township website and will only be accepted online as detailed below.
  2. You can obtain the applications by going to Go to the Clinton Township website and then look under Government you will see Open Space Committee. Click on that and you will see the link for the Deer Management Program. Once in there you will see the forms and other information to the left of this cover letter. You must submit your applications and required paperwork to Tom Silvia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on the required due dates.
  3. If submitted applications are incomplete, incorrect or received prior to the 8:00AM submission time they will be disregarded from the selection process.
  4. Submitted applications will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. This will be determined by the date/time stamp on your emailed application.
  5. You must identify the properties you would like to hunt in order of preference. If this information is incomplete or inaccurate your application will be rejected. Properties will assigned on a first come, first serve basis. If your first choice property has been fully subscribed, then your subsequent preferences will be used in an attempt to assign you a property based on the order identified on your application.  If you don’t identify subsequent properties, you might not be assigned a property.
  6. Certain properties will be bow only for the 2022/2023 hunting season. These include Marookian and White Cloud.
  7. You must identify which seasons you plan to hunt and you must agree to hunt a minimum of two of the available seasons for your particular property.
  8. Team sizes are a minimum of TWO and maximum of THREE. No teams of one will be allowed. If you submit you application as a resident, the primary team member must be a resident or employee of Clinton Township. Other team members do not have to be a resident or employee of Clinton Township.
  9. One youth hunter under the age of 18 or an apprentice hunter is allowed to be a member of the team.
  10. You and each team member are required to have $1,000,000 of general liability insurance. If insurance is not in place at the time of submission of your application you must show proof that you applied for said insurance prior to the start of the hunting season in September. Once you receive your policy, it must be submitted via the online application process specified above.
  11. There will be a mandatory orientation meeting on July 16th at Bundt Park at 9AM. The orientation will be held under the pavilion. The team leader must be present at the orientation. Other team members are not required to attend but it is strongly encouraged that they do. It is important that all team understand the rules which is why attendance at the orientation is strongly recommended. Otherwise, it is the responsibility of the team leader to communicate the rules to the remaining team members.
  12. All permits along with maps of the property you have been awarded will be handed out at the orientation date noted above. The fee for the permit for the 2022/2023 hunting season is $100 per team and can only be paid at the orientation when you receive your permit and other paperwork.
  13. There have been couple of changes to the program for the 2022/2023 hunting season. They include:
    • First deer taken in all seasons must be a doe.
    • You will be allowed to bank does toward future season. For example, if you harvest 3 does in the September early archery season this will count as your doe for the fall permit season and the permit muzzleloader or shotgun seasons.
    • The requirement to shoot a doe first during the six-day firearm season has been eliminated therefore you can shoot a buck if that is first deer you see
    • Only one treestand per hunter will be allowed. If an individual wants to relocate their treestand they must communicate with the other hunters on the property before a move is made. If you want to use a climber or a hang and hunt treestand set up you can but they must come down when you finish hunting on that day.
    • As a one-time accommodation you can add or delete a team member at a cost of $25.
      • As an example a team of three can drop a team member and add a new member with all of the appropriate paperwork at a cost of $25. This can only be done one time.
      • Additionally, a team of two can add a third team member with all the appropriate paperwork at a cost of $25. This can only be done one time.
    • All team members can hunt at the same time

I am looking forward to working with you this year and making sure your deer hunting experience in the Township is as positive and easy as possible.  If you have any ideas or feedback please don't hesitate to contact me.

Best of luck to you and thank you for you participation in this process. 

Tom Silvia
Clinton Township

Open Space Chair
Mike Aversa
Meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the Month at 6:00 pm
2022 Meeting Dates:
1/27, 2/24, 3/24, 4/28
5/26, 6/23, 7/28, 8/25
9/29, 10/27, 12/15
No Meeting in November
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1st Floor Conference Room
1370 Route 31 North
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