January 6, 2011 by staff
To begin, it is difficult to obtain permits for the readers of Savannah River Site legendary dog through thousands of acres of Virginia-infested.
Second, for those lucky enough to win the lottery permit, the site regularly some of the finest males in the region.
This year marks the 45th season of public hunting took place on the site 310-square-mile nuclear material, and biologists estimate the herd remains healthy and balanced.
During these decades, they have also learned a lot about deer management.
While hunters enjoy all the trophies and the game on Wednesday and Saturday instead of hunting from October to December are not designed to provide recreation.
Instead, the goal is population control, which helps to reduce deer-vehicle accidents.
DT Townsend, spokesman for contractor SRS Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, said there are about 50 accidents per year in the site, with 545 such accidents documented since 2001. Other wildlife such as turkeys, hogs and coyotes, accounted for 699 collisions with vehicles.
Since the organized hunt was created in 1965, the population of Virginia, the site has grown from as few as 2,500 to about 6,000 animals. Hunting, however, are designed to reduce the number of deer and did not focus on managing the quality or money doe harvest. Essentially, instructed the hunters to shoot deer – deer.
The result, however, is positive in terms of quality of the herd, as a chapter on the program written by Paul Johns and John Kilgo for the book on the site’s 50th anniversary.
“With one or the other sex, any age of harvest, the deer herd SRS has maintained a relatively homogeneous age structure and almost a 1:1 sex ratio, both positive features in a deer population, “they wrote.
Most of the site is hardwood and swamp – without agriculture. Despite the lack of row crops, mature males are healthy and produce high quality wood.
If you want SRS hunt, you should apply for a permit along with no less than 15,000 others who submit claims in a given year. For more details on the future of hunting, visit www.srs.gov / general / deer_hunt / hunt.htm.
The hunters were among 76 people issued permits to hunt three days by a random computer drawing earlier this year. Forty-five of the hunters selected did not appear to hunting.
Mistletoe, with cabins and campsites, is normally beyond the reach of hunting and hunting periodicals are regular to keep the park’s deer population stable.
A similar hunt in 2008 drew 40 hunters on a total of 75 selected to participate. The 40 hunters killed 18 deer, including five dollars.
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