Fairfax County Deer Management Archery Program September Update

The Fairfax County Deer Management Program began its 2015-16 season on September 12. Between September 12 and 24, a total of 159 deer were harvested by 109 archers in 48 parks across the County.

As of September 24, 2015, archers with the Fairfax County Deer Management Program have logged 1,239 entries in the electronic database to document deer management activity in authorized public parks.

379 archers representing 22 Archery Clusters visited public parks for purposes of deer management.

      • 74.7% of hunting attempts yielded no deer harvested (926 entries)
      • 12.8% of hunting attempts yielded deer harvested (159 entries)
      • 12.4% of visits were for non-hunting program-related activities (154 entries)

The Fairfax County Deer Management Program is implemented each year to manage the abundant local white-tailed deer population. Management actions reflect a variety of interests including protecting human health and safety, reducing environmental damage, conserving biodiversity and maintaining healthy deer herds.  Archery is the primary deer management tool used in Fairfax County to help manage high density deer herds.  Under the oversight of the Fairfax County Police Department, in collaboration with the Fairfax County Park Authority and NOVA Parks, the archery program is conducted in parks and other locations throughout Fairfax County.  Archery hunting has been proven to be both a safe and effective method for deer population reduction and is compatible with other land uses, including parks and residential areas.

Parks included: Accotink Stream Valley Park, Bren Mar Park, Bull Run Marina, Bull Run Regional Park, Burke Lake Park, Clarks Crossing Park, Colvin Run Stream Valley, Confederate Fortifications, Crooked Creek Park, Cub Run Stream Valley, Difficult Run Stream Valley (Colvin Run and Reston sections), Eakin Community Park, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Folly Lick Stream Valley, Fountainhead Regional Park, Garnchayne, Hickory Run School Site, Hunter Village Park, Huntley Meadows, Island Creek Park, Johnny Moore Stream Valley, Lahey Lost Valley Park, Lake Accotink, Lake Fairfax, Langley Oaks Park, Laurel Hill Park, Lee District Park, Lillian Carey Park, Little Difficult Run Stream Valley, Long Branch Stream Valley, Mountain Road District Park, Patriot Park, Pohick Bay Regional Park, Pohick Stream Valley, Poplar Ford Park, Riverbend Park, Rocky Run Stream Valley, Roundtree Park, Scotts Run Nature Preserve, Shaker Woods Park, Shannon Station Park, South Run District Park, Sugarland Run Stream Valley, Tamarack Park, Turkeycock Run Stream Valley, Upper Potomac, Wakefield Park, and Wolftrap Stream Valley.

(9/16/15) Officials Release Results of Day One from Deer Management Archery Program

 The first day of the Fairfax County Deer Management Archery Program 2016 was Saturday, September 12. Archers logged 369 entries into the electronic database that records their activities on opening day. A total of 26 deer were harvested that day, by 23 archers from 14 archery clusters (including portions of 19 parks).

There were 197 archers, representing 21 Archery Clusters, who visited public parklands managed by the Fairfax County Park Authority and NOVA Parks for purposes of deer management.

Of the hunting attempts, 92% yielded no deer harvested (341 logged entries). Seven percent of hunting attempts were successful at harvesting deer, and 1% were for other program-related activities, such as scouting locations or placing signs that did not involve active hunting.

Deer were harvested by the following Archery Clusters in the following parks:

Accotink Stream Valley Cluster (Accotink Stream Valley Park, Eakin Community Park) Alexandria Cluster (Island Creek Park) Annandale Cluster (Bren Mar Park) Clifton Cluster (Confederate Fortifications) Colvin Run Cluster (Wolftrap Stream Valley) Cub Run Cluster (Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Cub Run Stream Valley) Elklick Cluster (Mountain Road Park) Great Falls Cluster (Hickory Run, Langley Oaks Park, Scotts Run Nature Preserve) Huntley Meadows Cluster (Huntley Meadows Park) Lake Accotink Cluster (Long Branch Stream Valley) Reston Cluster (Difficult Run Stream Valley) South Run Cluster (South Run District Park) Sugarland Run Cluster (Shaker Woods Park) Vienna Cluster (Clarks Crossing Park, Tamarack Park)

 (9/9/15)Deer Management Archery Program Starts Saturday, September 12

The Fairfax County Deer Management Archery Program begins on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 and runs through Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016.

Under the oversight of the Fairfax County Police Department, in collaboration with the Fairfax County Park Authority and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, the archery program is conducted in parks and other locations throughout Fairfax County.

The archery program began in 2010 and is part of an integrated Deer Management Program to reduce and stabilize the white-tailed deer population in Fairfax County in efforts to minimize safety and health hazards related an overabundance of deer.  These impacts include thousands of deer-vehicle collisions, potential spread of diseases, and environmental damage attributed to deer that can impact the entire ecosystem. The program was approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 2000 and is recognized as a safe and efficient method of deer population control by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Fairfax County’s Archery Program standards require that all archers meet state hunter education and safety requirements and must pass qualifications to demonstrate skill and marksmanship, in addition to carrying program identification. All archers participating in the program must pass a criminal background check. They are approved to hunt at assigned sites Monday through Saturday during legal hunting hours, 30 minutes prior to sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset. Florescent orange and yellow signs are posted in parks where hunting is authorized. Harvest attempts will be accomplished from elevated tree stands; ground blinds are not permitted in county parks. Tree stands must not be located closer than 100 feet from property lines or closer than 50 feet from established park trails.

Because of its proven track record of safety, archery is a preferred deer management method in Fairfax County. Virginia began tracking hunting injuries in 1959. There have been no injuries related to archery have been reported by bystanders anywhere in the Commonwealth during this time.