Natural Resources Management

Archery hunting season in Oakland County Parks has been extended through Jan. 31, 2018 as a result of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources' designation of Oakland County as an Urban Deer Management Zone. Oakland County Parks follow MDNR rules and regulations. Baiting rules change between Jan. 1-31. For more information, reference the MDNR Hunting and Trapping Digest.

Oakland County Parks function as major ecological "hubs" within the region by supporting important ecosystems, protecting air and water quality and providing wildlife habitat.

The Oakland County Parks system's, natural resources management program focuses on an ecosystem approach to ensuring the health and function of 21 distinct natural communities, including 1200 acres of open water resources and adjacent wetland habitat.

Control of deer densities, removal of invasive species, restoration of natural fire cycles through prescribed burns, and reintroduction of native plants are among the suite of land management tools applied to achieve this goal.

Managed Deer Hunts
The goal of the managed hunt program is to provide high quality recreational experiences while ensuring the health of our natural resources. Archery hunting is available yearly and a biennial managed deer hunt will begin in fall 2018. Call Natural Resources Coordinator Sarah Cook for more information at 248-343-1353. 

Firearm deer hunting is permitted only when authorized by the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission. Dates when Addison Oaks and Independence Oaks will be closed to the public for controlled deer hunts will be posted on the website.

Hunter Safety Classes
Your help is important in keeping Oakland County Parks safe, clean and well maintained. Report park incidents, accidents or vandalism to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office at 248-858-4950.