MT. CARMEL — For the second year in a row, there will be no deer hunts held at Holston Army Ammunition Plant.
According to installation officials, the 2013 deer hunts will not be held due to policies implemented as a result of the sequestration and furlough of government employees on the compound.
Hunts could resume in 2014, officials said, assuming the policies associated with the furloughs are discontinued, “which will allow the hunting program to be safely and effectively implemented.”
The 2012 hunts were cancelled due to assessments by Holston Army Ammunition Plant staff that the deer herd on the installation had actually decreased during the previous year due to natural predation and mortality.
The drawing hunts, which have always had a strict quota, were originally initiated to prevent the installation’s deer herd from exceeding the carrying capacity of the enclosed property.