BOWMA Deer Management Program

August 13th, 2021

The Township has renewed its annual agreement with Big Oak Whitetail Management Association (BOWMA) to help manage the local deer population. The agreement allows vetted and trained bow hunters to hunt on Township-owned property during Pennsylvania’s archery hunting season, which runs from September 18, 2021- January 29, 2022.

BOWMA is a non-profit organization and works with both Upper and Lower Makefield Townships. Each year, they donate a portion of their harvest to local food banks. Last season, a total of 128 deer were removed, 69 were from Upper Makefield, and 1,440 lbs. of meat were donated.

To improve overall results, Upper Makefield officials urge residents to grant property access to BOWMA. With access to private property, this annual deer management program is more effective in reducing car collisions, deer ticks and property destruction. There is no cost to the property owner.

All BOWMA hunters are over age 21, have passed a proficiency test, attended the PA Game Commission “Successful Bow Hunting” class, are individually insured, and have completed a background check.

Visit the BOWMA website for more information and to contact BOWMA to discuss your property.