Antietam deer population reduction works set for 2nd year | Berks Regional News

READING, Pa. — For the second year in a row, Berks County will undertake an effort to reduce the deer population at Lac d’Antietam Park in Lower Alsace Township.

The county announced Monday that its deer management program will begin Sept. 17 and run daily through Jan. 28. The only Sundays the program will operate are November 13, 20 and 27, officials said.

The program involves controlled hunting using experienced archers licensed by USDA Wildlife Services, officials said. They will be allowed to hunt from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.

The goals of the program are to reduce damage to park lands and forest properties, minimize the threat of disease, reduce deer-related accidents and rebalance the ecosystem, officials said.

Any hunters interested in participating in the program can contact the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department by calling 610-372-8939 or by mail [email protected].

Hunters who participate in the program must complete an application process, pass a proficiency test and attend an orientation that includes hunting safety and ethics, officials said. They must follow all Pennsylvania Game Commission rules.