The United States Army Corps of Engineers recently held the youth deer hunt on October 7th and 8th on the grounds of closed-off recreation areas around Lake Shelbyville. Brock Key, a Park Ranger, says this is the first year that the hunt has yielded a 100% harvest rate, meaning every youth hunter who participated took down a deer.
Key mentions this was many of the youth hunters' first deer and this opportunity was one they were lucky to have. A drawing took place to decide the hunters for the two-day event.
Deer hunting season regulates the quickly populating deer population, Key explains that if the hunting season were not to happen, overpopulation would occur, making for more vehicle accidents and eaten crops.
The youth deer hunt is a yearly event on October 7th and 8th. Registration for the hunt is due about a month before, this year registration was due by September 19th.
For more information contact the Lake Shelbyville Environmental Stewardship Department at 217-774-3951 ext. 7049.
Brock Key appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show live from our downtown studios in Shelbyville.