Heads Up: “Deer Management Operations” (sharpshooting) in Effect through March in Rock Creek Park


Steer clear of nocturnal Rock Creek Park adventures for a while. You can read more about the Deer Management operations here.


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  • HaileUnlikely

    These signs should be a whole lot larger and use language that is a lot clearer and more direct. The message is. KEEP OUT AFTER DARK. WE WILL BE SHOOTING DEER.
    It is noteworthy that there are few conspicuous signs indicating when the park is closed. I realize that one can find out easily enough online, and that most people who have lived around here for a while know that the park closes at dusk, however, lots of people who come from places where their local state/county/city parks do not close at dusk (some close at 9/10/midnight, some never close) and would have no special reason to think of visiting the NPS website prior to venturing into the park, and there are tons of ways to enter the park on foot without passing by any signs indicating when the park is closed. And although somebody made a feeble attempt at saying that it is closed after sunset, their convoluted verbiage in small font at the bottom of the sign does not even convey that unambiguously.

    • I completely agree.

    • YES to all of this. Also, why is there not a website or twitter that can tell you when parts of the parkway are closed for maintenance?

    • Chances are it will be easy to know if the park service is planning to shoot deer at night. They will do road closures around the area where they are working, sweep the area (there are homeless camps), etc. They also plan to kill 26 deer this season, and it is possible that number is reached well before March 2016. No humans will be harmed during this exercise – would be very bad press for NPS – even if people wander into the closed park at night.

      • HaileUnlikely

        I sure as heck hope so. My point is just that if they’re going to bother to post signs at all, they can do a lot better than this.

  • General Grant Circle

    Isnt it common knowledge all public parks, including playgrounds, are closed after dark with very few and rare exceptions usually for special events (like a Boy Scout stargazing event)?

    • HaileUnlikely

      Perhaps it is to people who live here, but this is not the case with all public parks elsewhere, and lots of people who come here and visit our parks are from elsewhere.

    • HaileUnlikely

      For example, Central Park and Prospect Park in NYC are open until 1 AM. (I have been to both well past dark without any inkling that there was anything wrong with that, though I honestly did not have any idea whether there were such a thing as hours when the park was officially open versus closed, or if so, what they were.)

  • Props to the sharp shooters

  • I heard from a very reliable source that the quota was on last night reached.

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