The Savannah River Site is expecting more than 600 hunters to participate in its annual SRS Deer Hunt Program – a program that attracts hunters of big bucks, deer and hogs.


Registration for the program is now open and will end on July 31. For the general public, six hunts will be held on Saturdays from Nov. 1 until Dec. 6 at the Site.


According to a press release, a lottery system is used each year to select hunt participants.


The program is managed by Savannah Nuclear Solutions and is headed by Deer Hunt Manager Joey Lott.


The need for this program is re-evaluated annually based on the size of herd at the Site and the number of animal-related vehicular accidents.


“We are pleased to announce that in cooperation with DOE (Department of Energy) and the U.S.D.A Forest Service, this year SRS will return to a full program to harvest deer, hogs and coyotes,” Lott said in a press release.


Lott added that the hunt has historically benefitted thousands of hunters, including military veterans, wounded warriors and mobility-impaired hunters.


“We’re honored to offer a way to say ‘thank you’ for your service in a way that is highly meaningful to many of our veterans and, at the same time, offer a hunt for those who love the sport, yet cannot participate without physical assistance,” he said.


Hunters can apply online at www.srs.gov/general/deer_hunt/hunt.htm. The fee is $130, and participants will be required to provide a Social Security number and undergo an National Crime Information Center check.


Applications can be emailed to kristie.steelman@srs.gov, faxed to 803-557-5373 or mailed to Savannah River Site, Deer Control Activity, 706-N, Rm. 23, Aiken, SC 29808.


Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard. He joined the paper in June 2013. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and a graduate of Georgia Southern University. Follow him on Twitter @ DerrekAsberry.