Hunters upset with deer killing at Stennis

Published 1:24 am Friday, February 13, 2009

Hunters in south Mississippi are unhappy with the way officials at the Stennis Space Center are dealing with an overpopulation of deer on the center’s 13,000 acres.

Gregg Lichtenstein, a member of a Mississippi hunting club, said government hunters are killing the deer at night, using the normally illegal method of headlighting.

Hunting club members are allowed to hunt in the Stennis buffer zone three times a year, and aren’t happy that government hunters are encroaching.

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Stennis Director Gene Goldman says the deer population needs to be thinned to prevent accidents and protect the herd from malnourishment. The meat from the deer kill is distributed to food banks around Mississippi.