This coming weekend will be the annual special park deer hunt at Green Valley State Park. The campground will be closed for camping Friday through Sunday. The entire park will be closed to the general public for all activities Saturday and Sunday for the yearly deer hunt.
This will be the 10th year for the hunt, and it will operate like the past years’ hunts with 25 hunters attempting to harvest up to 50 antlerless deer. The hunters are required to hunt with muzzleloaders only.
The 25 hunters have already registered and will be receiving two antlerless tags each, redeemable only during the special hunt at the designated areas and specified dates. To ensure a safe event, an extra five or six DNR staff will be on hand to patrol the park boundaries.
Green Valley will re-open to the public Monday.
“The muzzleloader-only hunt in the fall helps keep the deer population in the park under control. We have had nine successful hunts, and we are hoping this year’s hunt will go just as well as the past years,” said Park Ranger Alan Carr. “All of the hunters must attend a special safety meeting before the hunt. We explain the reason for the hunt, discuss the rules and show them the park boundaries. We hope to harvest as close to 50 female deer as we can and do it in a safe and efficient manner. This has shown to be a great management tool for state parks.”
The hunt is an attempt to maintain a balance in the deer herd.
“People want to see deer when they come to the park, but we can’t have so many deer that they destroy their habitat and create a lot of crop damage for neighboring landowners,” said Carr.
The average harvest for the two-day hunt has been about 40 deer each year for the past eight years.
For more information, contact the park office at 641-782-5131.