Green Valley State Park will be closed to the general public Nov. 17-18, for the ninth annual special park deer hunt.
The hunt will allow 25 hunters to harvest up to 50 antlerless deer using only muzzleloaders. Hunters have already registered and will receive two antlerless tags each redeemable only during the special hunt at the designated areas and specified dates.
Additional DNR staff will be on hand to patrol the park boundaries. Green Valley will re-open to the public on Nov. 19.
“The hunt helps keep the deer population in the park under control,” said Alan Carr, park ranger for Green Valley State Park. “Hunters must attend a special safety meeting before the hunt where we explain the reason for the hunt, discuss the rules and show them the park boundaries. We hope to harvest as close to 50 female deer as we can and do it in a safe and efficient manner.”
Carr said the hunt has been a great deer management tool for state parks.
“People want to see deer when they come to park, but we need to maintain a balance in the deer herd,” Carr said. “Research shows that if you stop these hunts completely, the deer population tends to go back up rather quickly so the hunt will probably remain an annual event. The depredation biologist sets number of deer targeted for removal each year that is based on the population survey.”
The average harvest for the two day hunt has been just over 40 deer each year.
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