Forest and Wildlife Preserve Nature Walk
October 28, 2017
10:00 a.m. to noon
cameras and enjoy the colors. Our mix of deciduous and conifers
makes autumn a special time to visit the Preserve. We will be
looking for woodpeckers and early fall migrants like the
golden-crowned kinglet. Dress for the weather.
information about any of these events, call 410-394-1300 or e-mail
Deer Hunting Season at Hellen Creek Forest and
You may have noticed some blue strips painted on
trees along Hilltop Road and Clifton Drive. Those of you who
hunt should recognize the marking and their meanings, but not
everyone is aware of what they indicate. Basically the lines
demark private property and are in essence a “No Trespassing”
sign. Two signs are actually posted on the Hilltop parcel where
we had the old house removed.
The primary reason for marking the property is
safety. Deer season runs for a large part of the fall and
winter. Bow and arrow, crossbow, black powder, and firearm
seasons come and go in succession. We do have hunting at the
Hellen Creek Preserve during these seasons. News of coyote in
the area may seem like a deterrent, but they can only take down
small deer. Other than these newcomers deer have no natural
enemy except humans. Because of this the deer population is
constantly growing and the lack of understory on our Preserve is
due primarily to them. Anytime you are walking outside and plan
on going near the woods or in the woods, orange is a great color
to wear. This alerts hunters that you are in the area and that
you are not game.
Posting the property makes it easier for those
who hunt on the property to be secure and safe during their
hunt. It also informs the public that this area is private land
and you do need permission to enter.