The Will County Forest Preserve is searching for sharpshooters to help control the county’s deer populations. The Deer Management Volunteer sharpshooters will help police set up hunting stands as well as assist police with baiting, field dressing, and measuring deer carcasses. The Forest Preserve says the number of deer they aim to kill is not yet determined but is usually somewhere between 170 and 230. In order to be eligible to volunteer, applicants must be at least 21 years old and an Illinois Resident. Preference will be given to Will County residents and applicants must have a valid Illinois driver’s license with a good driving record. Volunteers must possess a valid FOID card and must own a rifle with a quality scope for .223 or .308 caliber ammunition with an AR platform. Volunteers are required to pass a background investigation, an oral interview, and must pass a medical exam with drug screening. To apply, volunteers must pick up their applications in person from police Administrative Assistant Nicole Veerman at 22606 S. Cherry Hill Road in Joliet. Applications must be turned in before 4:00 PM on June 30th.
Editor’s Note: Cal Placher Contributed to this story.