UPDATED ON 6: 2013 Savannah River Site Deer Hunts Reinstated, Re - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken

UPDATED ON 6: 2013 Savannah River Site Deer Hunts Reinstated, Rescheduled

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***UPDATED at 5:25 P.M. on Monday, October 28th***

WJBF News Channel 6 has learned that deer hunts at the Savannah River Site that were cancelled due to the government shutdown have now been reinstated.

Read the text of a press release we received below:

The Wounded Warrior and Mobility-Impaired deer hunts for the 2013 season have been rescheduled for Friday, December 6th, and Saturday, December 7th, with the primary hunts rescheduled for Friday, December 20th, and Saturday, December 21st.

This year's hunt program will continue to use a method that involves trained dogs to safely flush out deer and move them towards waiting hunters and safety auditors.

"The Wounded Warrior and Mobility-Impaired hunts provide disabled hunters with the opportunity to do something they love," said Fred Dohse, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC (SRNS) Executive Vice President & COO.  "They thoroughly enjoy themselves, and our volunteers work hard to ensure a safe and successful experience."

The protected government property at SRS offers 150,000 acres of land for participants through a controlled program managed by SRNS personnel under the direction of the Department of Energy.

Historically, hunting to decrease the overall size of the site deer population helps to minimize vehicle/animal collisions on SRS roadways, making annual deer hunt activities a valued part of the site's safety program.

Information concerning this year's hunts will be provided to the general public through postings on the SRS website. Individual letters will be sent to hunters previously selected to participate in the 2013 Deer Hunt Program prior to its being cancelled due to a lapse in federal appropriations.  These letters will contain an invitation to participate in the rescheduled hunts.


***POSTED at 2:57 P.M. on Tuesday, October 15th***

WJBF News Channel 6 has learned that several deer hunts scheduled for the Savannah River Site have been cancelled.

SRS officials say the cancellations are due to the current lapse in federal appropriations

The cancelled hunts were scheduled for Saturday, October 26th through Saturday, December 7th, 2013. Officials go on to say, the Wounded Warrior and Mobility-Impaired Hunts held annually at SRS, scheduled for November 1st-2nd, have also been cancelled.

SRS deer hunt fees already received by site personnel will be refunded. Officials say they regret any inconvenience or issue this cancellation may have created for this year's participants.

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