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Reston Neighborhood Seeks Deer Hunt

Deer management will be discussed Thursday at Reston Association meeting.

Deer nibbling grass in yard; photo courtesy of gardeningknowhow.com
Deer nibbling grass in yard; photo courtesy of gardeningknowhow.com
Worried about Lyme disease from ticks and tired of vegetation-nibbling deer, residents of a south Reston neighborhood are pushing for a controlled deer hunt.

Homeowner Larry Gsellman, who lives on Sourwood Lane, wrote a letter to the Reston Association requesting the hunt, according to RestonNow. He said the homeowners have tried many ways to rid the properties of deer, including a liquid fence, rotten egg sprays, and Deer-Vic, a deer repellent paste smeared on fenceposts.

They must first get permission from the Reston Association. The RA board plans to meet on Thursday from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Here's the association's Hunting Resolution and more about deer management from RA:

Deer populations have increased creating an imbalance in the forest ecology. In response to resident concerns, the RA Board approved a bow hunting policy for homeowner property. No hunting is permitted without board approval and submitting a request for bow hunting. The process for submitting a request to hunt can be found in the Use and Maintenance Standards Resolution 12, found on pages 24-26.

Fairfax County offers tips on deer management here.


Have you had problem with deer on your property?
Pookie June 24, 2014 at 05:23 PM
Yes bow-hunting via amateurs on kid filled neighborhood properties sounds like a really good idea..Seriously? More likely they'll shoot someone's kid or dog by accident.. Inhumane and stupid to boot. Why don't they introduce the capture & spay program they used in Fairfax.
Ana Ham June 24, 2014 at 08:11 PM
Good idea the deer population is over populated and they spread ticks that carry lyme disease. Fairfax County would rather people get sick with lyme disease then reduce the deer population. It's time to do it on our own to protect ourselves.
mc6 June 24, 2014 at 08:12 PM
The deer of south Reston ain't shy, that's fer sure. It only makes sense the huge deer population needs thinned out.

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