Deer Management Program
What is the Deer Management Program?
The Fairfax County Deer Management Program is implemented each year to
manage the local white-tailed deer population (Odocoileous
The primary objective of the Fairfax County Deer Management Program is deer population control on public parklands. An integrated deer management plan is developed to implement sustainable hunting pressures at selected parks each year.
The Fairfax County deer management program continues to expand and improve its deer management efforts through the utilization of all available population control tools tools:
- Archery program using qualified bow hunters selected via public group hunt lottery
- Public managed hunts using qualified hunters selected via a public hunt lottery
- Sharpshooting using special-trained Fairfax County Police Department SWAT Team officers
Deer harvested during sharpshooting operations are donated to Hunters for the Hungry. This non-profit organization donates venison to local homeless shelters to provide food for the needy. Hunters for the Hungry has processed and distributed over 4.5 million pounds of venison since the program began in 1991.