Deer hunts will close Mistletoe State Park

Mistletoe State Park on Thurmond Lake will close for three days Friday through Sunday while deer management hunts are being conducted. The park near Appling will reopen at 7 a.m. Monday.

Hunters were chosen by lottery earlier this year, and the hunts are used as a wildlife management tool rather than for recreation. The ecosystem within Mistletoe State Park has been damaged by the overabundance of deer, and by reducing the herd, the park hopes to help provide a more healthy ecosystem for all species.