SRS deer hunts to be held in December

  • Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 12:01 a.m.
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Aiken resident and former SRNS employee Rex Lutz during last year's deer hunt for mobility impaired hunters at SRS. Lutz retired in 2009 due to physical issues with multiple sclerosis.
Submitted photo Aiken resident and former SRNS employee Rex Lutz during last year's deer hunt for mobility impaired hunters at SRS. Lutz retired in 2009 due to physical issues with multiple sclerosis.

The Wounded Warrior and mobility-impaired deer hunts for the 2013 season have been rescheduled for Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7.

The primary hunts have been rescheduled for Friday, Dec. 20, and Saturday, Dec. 21.

The deer hunts were originally canceled, following news of the federal government shutdown. Funding for the event was not available, but with the shutdown over, the deer hunts will soon commence.

This year's hunt program will continue to use a method that involves trained dogs to safely flush out deer and move them toward waiting hunters and safety auditors.

“The Wounded Warrior and mobility-impaired hunts provide disabled hunters with the opportunity to do something they love,” said Fred Dohse, executive vice president and COO for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions. “They thoroughly enjoy themselves, and our volunteers work hard to ensure a safe and successful experience.”

The protected government property at SRS offers 150,000 acres of land for participants through a controlled program managed by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions personnel under the direction of the Department of Energy.

Historically, hunting to decrease the overall size of the site deer population helps to minimize vehicle/animal collisions on SRS roadways.

Information concerning this year's hunts will be provided to the general public through postings on the SRS website (www.srs.gov).

Individual letters will be sent to hunters previously selected to participate in the 2013 Deer Hunt Program before it was canceled due to a lapse in federal appropriations. These letters will contain an invitation to participate in the rescheduled hunts.

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