PLAINFIELD, NJ - A Union County deer control program approved by the Plainfield City Council in December concluded Feb. 17 and results show a total of 10 deer killed. 

The bow and arrow hunt in the Cushing Road Retention Basin drew sharp criticism from a group called the “Animal Initiative Committee of Plainfield” which asked the City Council to “rescind the invitation to the County for this kill. We do not want the county dictating how our animals are treated, as they have a singular method that is killing.”

But county officials said residents were complaining about traffic accidents, tick-borne disease and environmental ills caused by deer overpopulation.

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A response from the animal activist group was not immediately available, but will be published when received.

The bow and arrow hunt ran from Jan. 1 to Feb. 17 and the county mandated this report: “On a daily basis, the Oak Ridge Sportsmen’s Association will provide a report to the County that summarizes the results of deer management activity on the previous day, including, at a minimum, the number of Association members who hunted, the hours that they hunted, the number of deer killed, the sex of those deer, and the disposition of the carcasses.”

For the 2018 Winter Bow Season in Plainfield, hunters were present on only eight days. They took six does, three “button bucks,” and one 9-point antlered male. Five deer were donated to the “Hunters Helping the Hungry” program, which distributes venison to food pantries, emergency shelters and other organizations serving hungry families.