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Hunters to cull deer herd in Union County

Oakland, New Jersey by Jesse Amesbury

January 2, 2011 2:02:10 PM PST
A scheduled six-week deer hunt in northern New Jersey's Union County is due to start Monday.

Officials say the hunt in the Ash Brook Reservation and Golf Course in Scotch Plains is intended to reduce the white-tailed deer population.

They say the herd needs to be culled to prevent destruction of forest vegetation and to reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents caused by deer.

Eight volunteer marksmen licensed by the state will conduct the hunt, which will continue through Feb. 12. Shooting will occur only during daylight hours and no hunting will be conducted on Sundays.

The deer meat will be donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

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