A not-so-hot deer season; only one kept for rad reasons

The third of three hunts this season on the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge reservation resulted in deer hunters taking 21 bucks and 17 does. According to information provided by Oak Ridge National, hunters also claimed one turkey — the only one taken this season.

Lab spokesman Bill Cabage said none of the animals killed during this past weekend’s hunt had excessive radioactive contamination. Only one deer for the entire 2015 season had to be retained because of radiological concerns, according to the statistics released this week.

For the Dec. 12-13 hunt, the largest buck taken was 129 pounds, and most points was 9. The largest doe was 103 pounds.

The number of hunters was down for the season, which some attributed to the warm weather this fall.

For the entire season (3 hunts), there were 244 deer taken — 147 bucks, 97 does. The largest buck for the years weighed 172 pounds, and the most points was 14. The biggest doe taken in 2015 was 108 pounds.

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