The Oak Ridge Wildlife Management Area had its third and final deer hunt of 2019 on Dec. 7-8. A total of 53 deer was taken, 24 bucks and 29 does. The largest buck field-dressed at 144 pounds; the biggest rack was an impressive 15 points; the largest doe weighed 112 pounds. None of the 53 deer was retained due to internal radiological contamination. There was no turkey harvested in this hunt.
Superlatives for the three ORWMA hunts of 2019: Total harvest was 221 deer, 125 bucks and 96 does; largest buck was 181 lbs. (1st hunt); biggest rack was 15 points (3rd hunt); largest doe was 112 lbs. (3rd hunt). None of the deer this year was retained. One turkey was taken in 2019, weighing 17.0 pounds and having a 9.0 inch beard and 1.0 inch spurs. It was not retained.
In recent years the annual deer harvests for the ORWMA have been dismal, but slowly improving: 2017 was 137; 2018 was 194 and this year 221. None was retained in those years. The 2016 take was a more typical 361, but two deer and two turkeys were retained.