Good news: No rad deer


Darren Loposser of Kingston poses with his buck. (ORNL photo/Wade Gefellers)

Eighty-six deer were harvested last weekend in a managed hunt on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge reservation, and none was too hot to take home.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory spokesman Bill Cabage provided some statistics. The largest buck was 172 pounds, and the most points among those harvested was 13. The largest doe weighed 100 pounds.

“None of the 86 deer were retained for internal radiological contamination,” Cabage said.

Two more hunts are scheduled this season on the DOE reservation, Nov. 14-15 and Dec. 12-13.

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