FY2016 Fairfax County Archery Program


Archery Program

Archery is the primary deer management tool used in Fairfax County to help manage high density deer herds.  Archery has been shown to be a safe and effective deer management tool to control deer populations on public lands in Fairfax County and other high-density jurisdictions. Qualified bowhunters with superior skill, ethics, and experience are able to efficiently and discreetly hunt deer in areas where firearm use is restricted or prohibited, or not an effective or sustainable deer management tool. Authorized archery hunting activity in Fairfax County Park Authority and Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority properties is closely monitored by the Fairfax County Police Department with the assistance from the Park Authorities. Since Virginia began tracking hunting injuries in 1959, no bystanders have been injured by an archer hunting deer anywhere in the Commonwealth. 

Letter from the Governor about Archery

Excerpt from a letter sent to a Fairfax County resident by Molly Joseph Ward, Secretary of Natural Resources of the Office of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia on August 27, 2014.

“Regulated hunting is considered to be the most practical and cost-effective means to control free-ranging deer populations in most settings. Hunting is also strongly supported by the public (75%-80% in recent national surveys). Since 1960, there have only been five archery incidents statewide involving a victim other than the hunter, the last one occurring in 1996.

Archery hunting is compatible with other land uses, including parks and residential areas. No safety incidents have been reported during the urban archery season, which started in 2002 and now includes 42 cities, towns, and counties throughout the Commonwealth. It is noteworthy that several of the larger, more populous localities participating in this season (e.g., the City of Richmond, Fairfax County) have reported no safety incidents despite having no acreage or distance minimums for discharge of archery equipment. Fairfax County allows archery hunting on private parcels, resulting in over 1500 deer killed each year and utilizes archery hunting in community parks because of the inherent safety of this method. Last year, 848 deer were safely removed from the parks by over 800 hunters that participate without the need to close the parks to the public during the hunts.

Hunters utilize tree stands which allow the hunter to engage the target from above. The resulting downward trajectory of the arrow means that the ground acts as a natural backstop. Additionally, archery tackle is only effective at short range, which means that the hunter is close to the target, allowing clear views and easy identification of the target. These two factors combined result in the exceptional safety record archery hunting has amassed.”

Archery Program Season

Dates: September 12, 2015- February 20, 2016

Archery Groups are permitted to conduct deer management at their assigned site Monday through Saturday during the Archery Program Season. Legal hunting hours in Virginia are 30 minutes prior to sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset. Sunday hunting is not allowed in the parks.                                                   

Archery Program Locations-FY 2016  

Cluster

Parks

Acres

Accotink Stream Valley Cluster

Accotink Stream Valley Park

615

 

Eakin Park (Mantua Section)

72

 

Sally Ormsby Park

40

 

Eakin Community Park

33

 

Brookfield Park

19

 

Carrleigh Parkway

10

 

Hunter Village Park

20

Alexandria Cluster

Amberleigh Park

18

 

Island Creek Park

96

 

Lee District Park

77

 

Loftridge Park*

49

 

Clermont Park*

28

Annandale Cluster

Holmes Run SV

12

 

Lillian Carey Park

54

 

Mason District Park

80

 

Roundtree Park

61

 

Bren Mar Park*

15

 

Turkey Cock Run*

38

Bull Run Marina

Bull Run Marina

258

 

Hemlock Overlook*

392

Bull Run Regional Park

Bull Run Regional Park

298

Clifton Cluster

Confederate Fortifications

150

 

Johnny Moore SV

342

Colvin Run Cluster

Colvin Run SV

44

 

Difficult Run SV

118

 

Colvin Run Mill Park

58

 

Wolftrap SV*

48

 

Lake Fairfax*

110

Cub Run Cluster

Cub Run SV

626

 

Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

433

 

Flatlick SV*

60

 

Rocky Run SV*

284

Elklick Cluster

Elklick Preserve

490

 

Mountain Road Park

201

 

Sully Historic Site*

84

Fairfax Station Cluster

Patroit Park

122

 

Piney Branch SV

140

 

Popes Head Park

38

Fountainhead Cluster

Fountainhead Regional Park

2075

 

Sandy Run Park

330

Great Falls Cluster

Riverbend Park

394

 

Scotts Run Nature Preserve

379

 

Hickory Run School Site*

11

 

Lexington Estates Park*

15

 

Langley Oaks Park*

102

Huntley Meadows

Huntley Meadows

778

 

Woodlawn Park*

9

 

Dogue Creek SV Park*

21

Lake Accotink Cluster

Lake Accotink

407

 

Wakefield Park

161

 

American Park

4

 

Long Branch SV*

90

Laurel Hill Cluster

Laurel Hill Park & Golf Course

1149

 

Old Colchester Park & Preserve

144

 

Newington Heights

54

 

Mason Neck West*

44

 

Lorton Landfill*

TBD

Pohick Bay Regional Park

Pohick Bay Regional Park

339

Pohick Stream Valley Cluster

Burke Station Park

15

 

Pohick SV

559

 

Shannon Station Park

13

 

West Springfield Village Park

10

 

Kings Park West*

41

 

Crooked Creek Park*

12

Poplar Ford Cluster

Poplar Ford Park

372

 

Hickory Forest Park

95

Reston Cluster

Difficult Run SV

262

 

Fred Crabtree Park

208

 

Garnchayne

21

 

Little Difficult Run SV

94

 

Waples Mill Meadow

18

 

Foxvale Park*

25

South Run Cluster

Burke Lake

323

 

Lake Mercer Park

195

 

South Run District Park

117

 

South Run SV

271

Sugarland Run Cluster

Sugarland Run SV

200

 

Shaker Woods Park

14

 

Folly Lick SV*

32

 

Upper Potomac*

646

Vienna Cluster

Clarks Crossing Park

124

 

Difficult Run SV

237

 

Lahey Lost Valley Park

23

 

Tamarack Park

21

 *Denotes new park for the 2015-2016 season

FY 2016 Fairfax County Deer Management Program Map http://arcg.is/1KCtmuV

Applicants may contact Sgt. Earit Powell via email after June 1, 2015 to obtain current list of Park Clusters.

Fairfax County welcomes your questions.  If you have questions, concerns or comments, please contact:

Dr. Katherine Edwards, Wildlife Management Specialist, 703-246-6868, katherine.edwards@fairfaxcounty.gov
Sergeant Earit Powell, Program Manager, 703-324-0280, earit.powell@fairfaxcounty.gov

The Fairfax County Police Department works closely with the Fairfax County Park Authority, Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, and other stakeholders to implement the Fairfax County Deer Management Program each year. 

 

 

 


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