single adult male deer a year. The buck must have at least three points on one antler to constitute it as an acceptable kill — any smaller may result in fines to the hunter.
Through data collected in each deer hunt, the state determines the need for further population control. The previous few years have not shown a significant drop in population.
“We still want deer in the park, we’re just trying to manage it,” Wassell said. “If the trend shows less deer, then we’ll issue less permits or only do one day instead of two.”
Mike Greco fired the fatal shot that felled an eight-point buck near the end of the day. He and his father, Joe Greco, said too that the meat was highly regarded in the hunt. Those who patiently waited, stalked, pushed and fired the shots were not there just for the sport. Although more than a few of the deer killed Thursday will soon find their heads mounted on a wall, the venison, bologna, kielbasa, jerky and other forms of deer meat won’t go to waste.
“We’re not just killing them, we’re taking them for the meat,” Mike Greco said. “It was a great fatherson day, I’ve been bringing him out since he was 8 years old.”