Group opposes population control hunts at Enterprise South park

BY THE NUMBERSDeer harvested in quota hunts held in what is now Enterprise South Nature Park2004: 292005: 782006: 562007: 452008-09: No hunts, administrative decision resulting from Volkswagen's arrival2010: 51Source: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

Some Hamilton County residents don't want to see hunter orange in their green park.

Controlled archery hunts designed to reduce deer overpopulation on 2,800 acres in what's now the Enterprise South industrial park aren't new. But the land's use as a nature park is.

Some of the park's users began voicing opposition when the county's website warned of closings on Oct. 10-11 and Oct. 24-25 for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency hunts.

Opponents plan to appear today before the Hamilton County Commission at a 9:30 a.m. meeting, said Diane Dixon, a lawyer who represents what she describes as a loose coalition of about a dozen residents.