Public Information Meetings Scheduled for Deer Management

Two Public Information Meetings are being held and residents are invited to attend to learn about the Fairfax County Deer Management Program. The meetings will be held Tuesday, August, 2, 7 p.m. Fairfax Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Conference Rooms 2 & 3 and Tuesday, August 16, 7 p.m. Mount Vernon District Station, 2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria, Community Room.

The Fairfax County Deer Management Program helps to curtail the impacts of overabundant deer including thousands of deer-vehicle collisions, potential spread of diseases, and environmental damage attributed to deer that can impact the entire ecosystem. The program uses the most safe, effective, and sustainable deer management methods currently permitted by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. These methods include archery, managed shotgun hunts, and sharpshooting.

The Fairfax County Deer Management Archery Program begins Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 and runs through Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. 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.

Managed shotgun hunts that are normally scheduled for the Sully Woodlands area will not be conducted in FY 2017. Portions of this acreage, including Elklick Preserve and Rock Hill District Park, will be converted to the archery program for the upcoming season.

Nighttime sharpshooting operations will be conducted by the Fairfax County Police Department in select parks between November 2016 and March 2017 to efficiently reduce the deer herd. Operations are conducted when parks are closed to the public. County staff and uniformed public safety officers will be present for security to inform park patrons of the deer management activity and prevent unauthorized access to the parks as a safety measure on sharpshooting nights.