Hopkins Memorial Forest will again be open to deer hunting by special permit during the 12-day shotgun season this fall.
The 2012 Massachusetts deer shotgun season runs from Nov. 26 through Dec. 8, excluding Sunday, Dec. 2, and a limited number of no-fee permits will be issued to hunters from local communities.
Applications, which can be obtained from the Center for Environmental Studies at Williams College, are due back to the Center on Oct. 26. They will be evaluated on a first-come, first served basis and permits will be issued to selected hunters in early November.
Annually, 75 to 100 hunters are awarded permits to hunt in this research and teaching forest owned by Williams College. The College closes the forest to other recreational users during the hunt.
The College gives preference in awarding permits to its neighbors; although, in the past, hunters have come from across the state to hunt the forest's rugged terrain.
Hunters may obtain a permit application by contacting the Center for Environmental Studies, Williams College, 54 Stetson Court, Williamstown, MA 01267, (413) 597-2346, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.