Several FoCo campgrounds closed for annual deer hunt

Justine Lookenott
The US Army Corp of Engineers will be conducting a quota deer hunt on the land around Buford Dam from Nov. 15 through 17(Image by Getty Images)

(Forsyth County, GA) The US Army Corp of Engineers will be conducting a quota deer hunt on the land around Buford Dam from Tuesday, November 15 through Thursday, November 17.

The hunt is an archery-only management hunt done for the overall health of the deer population and for public safety.

Because food resources for deer decline in the winter, it causes stress to the deer population in the area. The hunt reduces the number of deer in order to help better the food sources for the remaining population. It also decreases the likelihood of car accidents involving deer along Buford Dam Road.

The following areas will be closed from November 14 through 18 in preparation for the hunt:

  • Laurel Ridge Trail
  • Sawnee Campground
  • West Bank Park
  • Lower Pool West Park
  • Lower Overlook Park
  • Lower Pool East Park
  • Buford Dam Park
  • East Bank Park
  • Lanier Park
  • Burton Mill Park
  • Van Pugh South Campground
  • Chestnut Ridge Campground

This hunt has been conducted annually since 2010. Those interested in participating must get a permit from the Corps and attend a safety meeting to join the hunt. Participation is limited.

The Corps continues to estimate deer population and partners with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to manage wildlife responsibly.

For information on how to obtain a deer hunt permit, click here.

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I cover local news in Forsyth County, GA. My debut into the writing world began at the age of 10 when I won an essay contest in Around Acworth Magazine in which I wrote about spending the summer with my pet goat, Eclair. Since graduating from Kennesaw State University, I have been published in several newspapers and magazines in the Atlanta area including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta School Guide, What Now Atlanta, Newcomer Magazine, the Marietta Daily Journal and the Cherokee Tribune.

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