Oak Ridge Reservation Hunt Information

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Oak Ridge Reservation Hunt Information

Managed hunting for white-tailed deer on the Oak Ridge Reservation (ORR) began in 1985. At that time, the deer population had soared to a level that proved unhealthy for the deer and their habitat - which was characterized by a distinct browse line visible throughout much of the ORR. There were also more than 250 deer-vehicle collisions annually in the Oak Ridge area by the mid-1980s. Beginning with five weekend deer hunts in 1985, a total of 926 deer was harvested on the ORR that first year. Managed deer hunts have been conducted every year since, except no hunts were held in 2001 because of heightened security measures related to the September 11th terror attacks. The hunts have proven very successful in bringing the deer herd back to a healthy sustainable population. Now, three deer hunts are typically held each year and the harvest over the last ten years (2006-2015) has averaged ~327 deer per year. More than 12,000 deer have been harvested on the hunts and the number of deer killed by vehicles in the Oak Ridge area currently averages about 150 per year.