Archery program to control deer population begins at Fairfax Co.

Hunters who qualify and undergo training can now participate in the deer archery program in Fairfax County, Va., through Feb. 18.

Hunters who qualify and undergo training can now participate in the deer archery program in Fairfax County, Va., through Feb. 18.

The program began in 2010 as part of the county’s deer management program to reduce and stabilize the white-tailed deer population.



The county says the program aims to minimize the safety and health risks associated with an “overabundance” of deer, including deer-vehicle collisions, potential spread of disease and environmental damage.

In last year’s program, 726 deer were harvested through the hunters’ use of archery, according to the county. The program runs at approximately 100 properties in the county.

The program accounted for 94% of the total deer harvest under the Fairfax County Deer Management Program.

No bystanders have been injured in Virginia since the state began tracking hunting injuries in 1959, according to a news release.

All archers meet state hunter licensing, education, and safety requirements and must pass qualifications to demonstrate skill and marksmanship, in addition to wearing program identification, depending on the program. Those who wish to participate must also complete additional training through the Bowhunter International Education Program to participate in the Fairfax County program.

Parks remain open during the hunting program and orange signs are posted in parks where hunting is permitted.

Hunters may only shoot deer from elevated stands of trees and these may not be located within 100 feet of property lines or within 50 feet of established park trails, according to the release. hurry.

Find more information about the program on the department’s website.

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