Dinosaur Valley State Park will be closed to public Monday, Jan. 7 - Friday, Jan. 11 for its annual hunt.

Public land hunts are a critically important resource management tool used to maintain the white-tailed deer population at a healthy and sustainable level.

“White-tailed deer populations can quickly grow to exceed the carrying capacity of the land in the absence of historical predators," According to Dinosaur Valley Park Superintendent Shannon Blalock, said. "Carrying capacity is the maximum number of animals of a given species that a unit of land can support without degradation of that land to support the population in the future.”

The Dinosaur Valley State Park Public Lands Hunt is done by drawing. The Public Hunting Drawing System provides low-cost, high-quality public hunting opportunities throughout the state. Individuals are drawn for a Special Permit by random computer selection from a qualified pool of applicants.

The Public Lands Hunt is driven by safety.

"Safety is our number one priority,” Blalock said "Hunters arrive at a specified time. Park Rangers drop hunters off at assigned blinds, and hunters are given specific firing lanes. Hunters must stay in their blinds until staff picks them up at another specified time."

The park will reopen for public use at 2 p.m. on Jan. 11.

Dinosaur Valley State Park is a 1597-acre parcel of public land managed by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to conserve natural and cultural resources, provide recreational and educational opportunities and foster an understanding of the diversity of Texas' lands and heritage for all generations.

For more information about Dinosaur Valley State Park contact Blalock at (254) 396-7574 or shannon.blalock@tpwd.state.tx.us.