I live almost adjacent to the Occoquan Reservoir and could, if I wanted, sit on my front porch, in my underwear, with a cup of coffee and bow and arrow and get all the deer I wanted.
But, I don't want to invest in all the stuff it takes to be a bow hunter
; I have too many toys now that consume hundreds of dollars (handguns, cameras and Harley Davidsons).
I used to attend a Church in Lorton (Fairfax County) that sits on 60 undeveloped acres (it it a historical Church); the property is LOUSY with deer. They findmany "unauthorized" deer stands on the property, which seemed to bother no one. The Pastor, who knew I was a gun hunter,once asked me if I wanted to bow hunt on the property. He was going to give me permission but I did not want to "gear-up" for bow and arrow.
All my neighbors are frustrated about the damage the deer do to their gardens and lawns. Shrubs and flowers are always gnawled off, sometimes to the roots. A herd ran through my yard once, jumping the fences and breaking the pickets off the top of the fence slats. One ran out of a townhouse area right smack into the side of my wife's car causing $1500 in damage.
As a motorcyclist, I do not drive at night, especially during the rutting season, for fear of hitting one. One person in my motorcycle club did hit one...lucky he was not hurt.
I know many of the Parks in the area, especially ones with deer problems,have "lottery" type hunting. You put your name in a lottery and if you get picked, you are allowed to go in and hunt with rifles to your heart's content. A friend of mine did that and shot four deer in an hour. The ranger even usedaPark ATV to get the deer out.My friendwas about to leave, as four was the official limit, but the ranger said: "I just extented your 'limit' to four more; go kill 'em." The meat is donated to charity.
It is interesting that different parts of the world have different "pests". I am in contact with a person on another forum (different topic) who lives in Austrailia. He gave up motorcycling because of the ever increasing, negativetraffic "encounters" with kangaroos.