North Carolina Deer News

Gastonia in no rush to allow bow hunting of deer within city limits April 2, 2014 North Carolina, Gaston Gazette 
... Council members asked Assistant City Attorney Melissa Magee to bring back more information about how more than 40 other cities across the state have allowed bow hunting for deer within their municipal limits.  Magee said that process is still underway ...

Sanford, Council debates urban deer hunting March 26, 2014 North Carolina, Sanford Herald 
... Councilman Charles Taylor asked for his cohorts to consider lowering the acreage threshold from 10 to 3 acres... Council members Samuel Gaskins and Rebecca Wyhof voiced safety concerns...

NC Wildlife Commission Schedules Habitat Management Seminar in Raleigh March 25, 2014 North Carolina, Beach Carolina Magazine
... The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host a Practical Wildlife Habitat Management seminar at its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh on April 24...

... [an invitation to help identify the causes for the low deer population on Cherokee tribal land] ...  We know deer numbers are low throughout the Qualla boundary...  To help us understand the limitations of deer, we have recently transported over 30 wild white-tailed deer from a North Carolina state park to the Qualla Boundary... we could use your help. We ask that citizens of the Qualla Boundary help us catalog the recently released deer. These deer should have purple ear tags ...

Gastonia, Residents propose deer hunting within city limits March 18, 2014 North Carolina, WCNC
... The "bow hunting" plan is supposed to help curb a growing deer population, but some neighbors are worried about safety ...  last month a gated Belmont community got permission to hunt deer...

Gastonia could open up deer season in city March 14, 2014 North Carolina, Gaston Gazette 
... The N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission conceived the urban archery program as a measure for dealing with the fast-growing deer population. Cities must vote to implement the initiative within their limits ... Council does want input on the kinds of restrictions to put in place ...

Deer reclaim historic home in Cherokee March 12, 2014 North Carolina, Smoky Mountain News 
..  Between 1699 and 1715, Southeastern tribes were shipping nearly 54,000 skins annually, and deer were nearly extinct in the Southeast by the time the deerskin trade ended in the 1750s.  But unlike many other regions of the Southeast, this area has strong populations of bear and coyote ... The intersection between forest and open fields, called edge, can be one of the most biologically diverse areas ... have decreased greatly in public lands over the past 100 years ...

BHI evaluating deer birth control trial March 10, 2014 North Carolina, Port City Daily 
...  in a wash of challenges–bad weather a big one–it again fell short of its goal this past week to successfully “immunize” 20 to 30 female deer–the amount that project officials said they needed for an adequate trial... Eighteen does received the EPA-registered drug GonaCon, which causes the animal to produce antibodies hindering the release of sex hormones... Eighteen is sort of problematic ...

NC Wildlife Commission approves regulations March 7, 2014 North Carolina, Southernheadines 
...  a longer season to hunt deer ... Following a process of reviewing public comments on the proposed changes, the Wildlife Commission voted to adopt all but four of the 40+ regulation changes at its recent business meeting in Raleigh...

Emerald Isle, Controlled hunt in Emerald Isle reduces deer population by 50 March 3, 2014 North Carolina, Jacksonville Daily News
... This year’s hunt, which involved volunteer hunters trained in using bow and arrow ...  The fall 2013 estimate was 159 deer, up from 141 deer the previous year.  The WRC has said the town should strive to remove about 50 deer per year to maintain a healthy deer population... [effect of hunting on urban deer]

Bald Head Island, Round two for deer birth control plan on Bald Head February 27, 2014 North Carolina, Port City Daily
... The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission ... permitted the operation, which allows the use of a drug called GonaCon to vaccinate the animals against reproductive abilities...  the cold, rainy weather was just one challenge that resulted in the mission–said to be the first of its kind in North Carolina, after several years of talk and study–only reaching eight females, not enough for the “immunocontraception” program to be truly successful...

Huge Spike Buck Taken in North Carolina February 26, 2014 North Carolina, Outdoor Life Magazine
... The whitetail turned out to be a mature spike with a pair of two-foot long tines... Bowman’s taxidermist estimated the buck was at least 10 to 12 years old ...  rare for an older buck to have spikes, it’s not unheard of... an extreme example of genetic diversity ...

Chapel Hill, Urban archery season aimed at deer population reduction February 25, 2014 North Carolina, Daily Tar Heel 
... This was the fourth urban archery season since the highly contested decision was made to institute it.  The Town Council made the move to protect motorists and preserve the landscaping homeowners often pay thousands of dollars for...

Deer Relocated To Cherokee February 24, 2014 North Carolina, WLOS ABC 13 
... Wildlife officials are moving deer from the over-populated Morrow Mountain State Park and sending them to Cherokee ... There are less deer on the reservation because of over-hunting years ago...
     Tribe replenishing western North Carolina deer population February 24, 2014 North Carolina, theonefeather.com · 
... “The white tail population native to the Qualla Boundary, home to our tribe for centuries, has dwindled,” says Principal Chief Michell Hicks ...  Like the successful elk reintroduction that took place 12 years ago, these deer represent a stock in the future of wildlife ...The deer were released into the Eastern Band’s 5,130-acre natural preserve on Cherokee tribal lands where they will be carefully tracked ...

Albemarle sets eye on urban archery January 28, 2014 North Carolina, Stanly News & Press 
... Wednesday’s Albemarle City Council meeting, Ken Knight of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and a local hunter, requested the city consider implementing an Urban Archery Season for deer within the city limits... The state saw 96 kills during the UAS [Urban Archery Season] in 2011, 70 in 2012 and 82 in 2013...

Durham, Good science must lead way to deer solution January 26, 2014 North Carolina, thedurhamnews.com 
... The Durham City Council's decision to pass the Bow Hunting Ordinance (14516) allowing regulated deer hunting within city limits during the Central N.C. Archery Deer Season has inspired lively debate about the advisability of allowing bow hunters to cull the urban herd. Proponents cite dangers posed to drivers and damage inflicted on landscapes, while opponents question the enforceability of the ordinance's safety provisions and the wisdom of a cull-centric approach to wildlife management...

N.C. tribe creates deer sanctuary January 26, 2014 North Carolina, Delaware Wave 
... Over the next three years, between 25 and 50 white-tailed deer — mostly females in small family groups — will be relocated from Morrow Mountain State Park to the reservation, known as the Qualla Boundary.  The Cherokees will place the animals in a special habitat improved for browsing and off-limits to hunting. The program will begin this month, with biologists using darts to tranquilize the animals ...

...  deer were a key part of Cherokee life and lore for centuries before the first European settlers arrived. The animals were plentiful across tribal territory that extended over what now are eight Southeastern states. They were the Cherokees’ chief food source... Deer counts are estimated at no more than 12 per square mile on the Qualla Boundary today ... Deer hunting is outlawed on tribal lands ... 

Deer hunting within city limits January 15, 2014 North Carolina, Lynchburg News and Advance 
... In North Carolina, there are 44 towns and cities that practice this activity. The hunt would be restricted to citizens that reside within Stoneville city limits and with property ranging from five to seven acres... 250 feet off any property line ...

Emerald Isle deer hunt starts quietly January 15, 2014 North Carolina, 
carolinacoastonline.com  
... Town Manager Frank Rush said Friday, there have been no real complaints ... “Probably because the hunting is during the early morning hours and late afternoons ... WRC Executive Director Gordon Myers ... wrote that the WRC “strongly endorses hunting as a tool to manage deer,” but noted that past efforts in Emerald Isle had taken relatively few animals: 11 in January and February 2010 and 17 in the same general time period in 2012...

Fanged Whitetail Deer? January 13, 2014 North Carolina,  goodhunt.blogs.theledger.com 
...  it had two canine teeth where deer typically do not have teeth... [from QDMA]: “Upper canines are a rare but documented phenomenon in whitetails, and that researchers believe it is an evolutionary throwback to the ancestral form of the whitetail which occasionally surfaces today...

Project could revive deer on reservation land January 11, 2014 North Carolina, FOX News 
... The sprawling Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian reservation in the western part of North Carolina has been trying for years to bring back a cultural symbol: White-tailed deer...  between 25 and 50 white-tailed deer ... will be relocated from Morrow Mountain State Park to the reservation ... "Contrary to most people's perception, the forest is not actually the best deer habitat," ...

Hunting rules due for changes January 11, 2014 North Carolina, Asheville Citizen-Times 
... “This was a request of the Polk County Commission,” Pipkin said. “They asked it be moved to the same season structure in neighboring Cleveland and Rutherford counties ... [also] bring the western archery season into uniformity with the rest of the state ...

Bald Head begins contraceptive program to manage deer population January 10, 2014 North Carolina, StarNewsOnline.com
... Bald Head is the first community in the state to implement the non-lethal management program, which is permitted by the state Wildlife Resources Commission and began Jan. 6. The six-year project will serve as a test case to determine whether the method could work in other places.... The drug is not hormonal and poses no risk to humans snacking on venison ... funded entirely by donations ...

Belmont neighborhood opens up hunting for deer January 10, 2014 North Carolina, Gaston Gazette
... residents of Reflection Pointe went to the city to ask for bow hunting in their neighborhood. The North Carolina Wildlife Commission, which ultimately approved the request from Belmont, calls it urban archery... Neil Brennan, homeowner’s association president for Reflection Pointe, approached Belmont City Council. Deer, he said, were destroying landscape plantings in the neighborhood... [comment from reader]: If you almost hit a deer in your gated community, you were driving too fast. If there were a shortage of food, they would starve, so you don't need to kill them. Frankly, it is the humans that have overtaken that property

Eastern Band of Cherokee to participate in state park deer relocation January 8, 2014 North Carolina, carolinapublicpress.org 
... Morrow Mountain State Park will participate in a long-term project to relocate white-tailed deer from the park to reservation lands of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians ... Partners in the initiative are the state parks system, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, biologists from Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cherokee Fisheries and Wildlife Management program... 

Piedmont Deer To Be Relocated On Cherokee Reservation January 8, 2014 North Carolina, WFAE
... biologists will begin tranquilizing deer in Morrow Mountain State Park and then relocating them to the reservation. They’ll try not to break-up families. “Just like anybody taking a move, if you have your family and folks with you, you’re going to be a lot happier,” ...

Pile of deer carcasses found in Swansboro January 3, 2013 North Carolina,  Jacksonville Daily News
... Illegal dumping in Swansboro has taken a turn for the macabre: A pile of deer carcasses has been found rotting by the side of an undeveloped state road... “It’s a waste of life.” ... 

Emerald Isle’s deer problem sparks plans for annual hunts December 31, 2013 North Carolina, Jacksonville Daily News 
... The town has held two controlled hunts in the past. But after trying an every-other-year approach, officials say the deer population remains a problem... The fall 2013 estimate was 159 deer, up from 141 deer the previous year... The WRC has said the town should strive to remove about 50 deer per year to maintain a healthy deer population...

Turkey attacks deer in back yard, NC - December 27, 2013



Public Hearings Start Jan. 7, 2014 December 20, 2013 North Carolina
     The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s annual public hearings for proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations start Jan. 7.  The nine public hearings begin at 7 p.m., but the Wildlife Commission this year also has added 30-minute public meetings prior to each of the public hearings to preview and discuss six bear regulation proposals and answer questions. These public meetings about bear regulations proposals are all scheduled for 6:30-7 p.m. at the same location as the public hearings. More

lkin, Jonesville readies for urban bowhunting December 15, 2013 North Carolina, Elkin Jonesville Tribune
... Bag limits of two bucks and four does are still in effect, as the towns are part of the northwestern section of the state. Additional doe tags are available for purchase... an urban archery season, individual land owners are not obligated to participate...

Non-lethal deer population control on Bald Head Island - December 16, 2013



Duke Energy donates $1000 toward EHS deer fence December 8, 2013 North Carolina, Elkin Jonesville Tribune
... Elkin High School’s environmental club has been working for more than a year to produce organic food in the school’s garden ...

MA Lashley, MC Chitwood, A Prince, MB Elfelt…North Carolina - Ecological Indicators, 2014
... Acorns and persimmons were disproportionately distributed near firebreaks within low intensity fire transition zones. Mast was maintained, though in an unnatural distribution, as a result of an elaborate firebreak system. Our data indicate managed fire regimes may fail to mimic spatial distribution, frequency, and intensity of historical disturbances even when the fire prescription is based on empirical reference fire regimes. To maximize structural heterogeneity and conserve key ecosystem functionality, fire prescriptions should include variations in frequency, season, application method, and fire weather conditions rather than focusing on an average historical fire regime...

Bucky The Pet Deer In Beaufort County December 6, 2013 North Carolina, WITN 
... Bucky ...  is a 19-month old deer and he does live out in the wild. Carolyn Hill says her family fed and took care of him last year when he was a baby after his mom died, and says they still see him everyday... Hill and her neighbors also created a facebook page called "Following Bucky."

Remains of butchered deer left by road December 4, 2013 North Carolina,  News-Topic 
... "There were five deer on the side of the road," she said. "They had been butchered, the meat had been removed, along with the horns and legs. I was sick to my stomach, it was just awful."... If you need to report a deer carcass improperly disposed of, or know of someone hunting deer out of season, please call the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission at 1-800-662-7137

Deer hunting season in Western NC gets into full swing November 21, 2013 North Carolina, Asheville Citizen-Times 
... Some areas of North Carolina last year lost up to 70 percent of the deer population from hemorrhagic disease, which can kill an animal within 24 to 48 hours ... the deer population is lower ... This year, wildlife commission biologists are testing for chronic wasting disease, which has never been discovered in North Carolina...

North Wilkesboro, Deer hunting in town? November 20, 2013 North Carolina, Wilkes Journal Patriot
... Board members are considering changes because of complaints from residents about the impact of deer within town limits. Mayor Robert Johnson said that there had been several vehicle wrecks involving deer, and people had complained about deer eating plants and vegetables in gardens ...

Gun season for deer opens Saturday in Wilkes, other area counties November 19, 2013 North Carolina, Wilkes Journal Patriot
... Up to six deer can be harvested per hunter per season ... Effective Oct. 1, North Carolina allows the use of suppressors on firearms while legally taking wildlife.... 

Tests for disease accompany deer season November 6, 2013 North Carolina, 
News & Observer
... North Carolina last sampled deer for CWD in 2008. During this hunting season, biologists hope to sample brain tissue from 3,000 deer... “CWD has been found in Virginia,” said McLean, the commission’s Holly Shelter Team Leader. “It hasn’t been found in North Carolina, and we hope we don’t find it.” ...

Budget Cuts And Closures Threaten Wildlife Refuges November 6, 2013 North 
Carolina, ThinkProgress
... a new report released Tuesday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The report reveals that the nation’s 561 national wildlife refuges provide major economic benefits every year, including $2.4 billion, more than 35,000 jobs, and an average of $4.87 in total economic output for every dollar appropriated...

Durham, Durham council will debate deer hunting inside city limits November 4, 2013 North Carolina, News & Observer
... Rules to permit bow-and-arrow and crossbow hunting inside the city limits are on the City Council’s consent agenda ...
... voted 6-0 Monday night in favor of an ordinance that will allow deer hunting ... "Several concerns have been raised," Moffitt said. "One is animal welfare. Another is safety." ...

Death of Nature Center's deer probed November 1, 2013 North Carolina, Asheville Citizen-Times
...  The Western North Carolina Nature Center lost the third member of its animal family in six months Thursday night, following the suspicious death of a resident deer...

Village Seeks Options to Curb Increasing Deer Population October 24, 2013 North Carolina, Southern Pines Pilot
... Mayor Nancy Fiorillo ... recently planted pansies that were promptly eaten by deer. The deer also like to eat shrubbery ... Shooting them is fraught with safety concerns. Birth control measures would take too long. Trapping and relocating them would take a lot of work... 

Towns turn to bow hunting to control deer October 19, 2013 North Carolina, Charlotte Observer
... After decades of restoration, white-tailed deer have rebounded from a low of 10,000 statewide in 1900 to the estimated 1.1 million today... Statewide, urban bow hunters killed 82 deer earlier this year, more than half of them does. The harvest by guns and other weapons took more than 167,000... PETA argues that killing deer only leaves a void that others soon fill, and that communities wouldn’t continue to offer the hunts if they worked. The group advises nonlethal methods of deer control, such as using repellants around landscaping...

East Charolotte, NC Wildlife. I have moved my Bushnell Trophy Cam HD MAX, model 119577C to a different location since the deer have gotten completely comfortable eating out the Magic Corn Bowl that fills itself up every 2 to 3 days. October, 2013



... The 2012-13 deer harvest was 167,249, the sixth highest since record keeping began in 1976... the 2011-12 season of 173,533 and ... the 2010-11 harvest of 175,157. The all-time record harvest of 176,297 took place during the 2008-09 season... The antlered buck harvest was 80,883, the button buck harvest 14,869, and the doe harvest 71,497. Antlered bucks made up 48.4 percent of the 2012-13 deer harvest, does, 42.7 percent and button bucks 8.9 percent...

Study shows hunting is big business October 13, 2013 North Carloina, Stanly News & Press
... According to the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, some $3.3 billion was spent on these activities in North Carolina in 2011, including $1.5 billion on fishing and $525 million on hunting. Some 335,000 people ages 16 and older — 77 percent of them North Carolina residents — hunted in the Tar Heel state that year...

Group bands together to manage deer population October 9, 2013 North Carolina, News & Observer
... NCQDMA compiled a 300-page manual as an antlerless deer harvest tool to help landowners set harvest goals. North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension hosted meetings and helped develop an internship program that will develop a protocol to measure crop damage by deer and any decrease attributed to hunting. The N.C. Department of Agriculture created the Hunt NC Farmland website (www.ncagr.gov/Hunt) to register hunters....

NCDOT: Nearly 90% of animal-related car crashes involve deer October 9, 2013 North Carolina, WMBF News
... A study shows that in 2012, there were 20,181 animal-related crashes, the lowest number in three years. The three year total of crashes is 61,688, with 20 fatalities, nearly 3,500 injuries and more than $144 million in damages. Mating and hunting seasons spur deer activity during this time, and crashes are most frequent between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m., and from 6 p.m. until midnight...

... hunters had an average year in 2012, harvesting 167,249 of the state's estimated 1.1 million whitetails... in some areas of the western Piedmont that were hit hard with hemorrhagic disease last year ...

Davidson man logs rare deer sighting October 4, 2013 North Carolina, High Point Enterprise
... Hubbard and his wife Betty have fed and protected the deer that wonder on their property ... they weren’t ready for what they saw on a recent hot summer day. An all-white, albino deer. “The deer wonder around where we are. I have known about albino deer, but having never seen one, I didn’t think too much about it,” Hubbard said...

Matthews, Deer population, crossbow hunting permit spurs debate September 26, 2013 North Carolina, Charlotte Observer
... Monday evening Matthews commissioners gave Ronald Williams permission to use a crossbow... The couple approached Williams about hunting on their property because the large number of deer in the area is ruining their flowers, plants and trees... Neighbors ... keep a dish stocked with deer corn in the woods behind their house and say they look forward to seeing the animals pass through their yard each day...

Wildlife Commission Seeks to Test 3,000 Deer for Chronic Wasting Disease September 26, 2013 North Carolina
The Wildlife Commission is asking whitetail hunters to allow staff to sample their deer harvests this fall for the agency’s statewide Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) surveillance effort. Collection of tissues will not interfere with a hunter’s ability to retain antlers or consume the meat. Hunters who want to be part of this important effort should contact their local district wildlife biologist or call 919-707-0050.

...  The Friends of the Bald Head Island Deer Program has raised $49,000 to fund the first year of a new program that injects the immuno-contraceptives drug GonaCon in certain female deer to manage the population on the island... Certain female deer will be given the drug in January of 2014.  Only a percentage of the female deer will be treated...

First week is gangbusters for Hunt NC Farmland September 21, 2013 North Carolina, Whiteville News Reporter
The first week's recruiting efforts for a state program connecting hunters with hunting ground drew more than 4,000 hunters looking for land in North Carolina... he pilot program Farmers Manage Deer held a conference in  Whiteville Friday to help promote the effort. Financed in part by the Tobacco Trust Fund, Farmers Manage Deer connects farmers and landowners with deer problems to hunters who want to harvest those deer...

Impacts of deer disease from last year expected to be short-lived, EHD September 20, 2013 North Carolina, Asheville Citizen-Times (blog)
The deer herd in Western North Carolina experienced a substantial outbreak of hemorrhagic disease last year ... “Probably the most interesting thing we found was that young does, those that were 1 or 2 years old, appeared to be less impacted by the disease than older does and antlered bucks of all ages,” Kreh said. “These young does will be at their peak reproductive age for the next few years which will give the herd substantial opportunity to grow.” ... 

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking whitetail hunters to allow staff to sample their deer harvests this fall for the agency's statewide Chronic ... “We’ll collect the brain stem and retropharyngeal lymph nodes to submit for laboratory testing,” Palamar said... Hunters who want to participate can contact Chris Turner, regional biologist at the Wildlife Resources Commission office in Edenton, at 252.221.9961.

State to attempt testing of 3000 deer for disease September 18, 2013 North Carolina, Jacksonville Daily News
Although CWD has not been detected in North Carolina, deer populations have tested positive for the disease in Virginia, West Virginia and 20 other states ... The Commission has been monitoring CWD in white-tailed deer since 1999, including two statewide sampling efforts in 2003 and 2008, and smaller scale subsampling efforts in other years...

Hunting season in full swing in Western North Carolina September 9, 2013, Asheville Citizen-Times (blog)
... Today is the first day for deer hunting with archery equipment in Western North Carolina... “The more Hollywood makes movies about archery, the more popular it gets, and people get more aware of their heritage,” said Cagel, an avid deer hunter who also teaches target practice and archery classes at his shop in Fletcher. “It’s always been popular here, but it’s growing every year...

Public Hearings Scheduled for January August 30, 2013 North Carolina
     The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s annual public hearings for proposed changes in wildlife and fisheries management rules have been moved back to January 2014. After adjusting its rule cycle in 2010, the Commission began holding the public hearings in September. Public hearings allow the agency to inform the public and interested parties about proposed regulations that affect them and to receive their input. Check out the January 2014 schedule and make plans to attend one.

... Learn more the benefits of developing a community-based plan, how to develop deer harvest strategies that make a real difference, and gather some ideas about simple, low-cost habitat improvement projects that can not only take the pressure off of row crops but benefit wildlife as a whole.  ...  If unable to attend the meeting in Columbus County on September 13th, participants may join this discussion by attending one of two 1-hour teleconferences scheduled – one on Monday, September 16th,another on Monday September 23rd.  Both will begin at 7:00 pm.  Participants should call 1-209-647-1000and enter pass code 745232# to be connected to the call.  Contact Guy and Judy Gardner at 919-552-9449 for more information.

Durham City Council sends deer bowhunting back to drawing board August 22, 2013 
North Carolina, Chapel Hill News
... council members set several points they wanted to have included when city attorneys re-draft the proposed change to the city code:  An explicit ban on the use of dogs and firearms, A ban on the use of mechanical feeders to attract deer ... The council also decided to hold a public hearing before voting on whether to approve a revised set of rules ...

Durham deer season in City Council's hands August 20, 2013 North Carolina, News & Observer
... City Council members have a draft ordinance on Thursday’s work session agenda that allows deer hunting in the city with bow and arrow or crossbow ... the ordinance will be on track for formal approval at the council’s regular meeting Sept. 3 – four days before the season opens... In 2012, 38 North Carolina towns held urban archery seasons, including Chapel Hill, Pittsboro and Smithfield...

Baby deer rescued from lake July 22, 2013 North Carolina, Gaston Gazette
" ... Out in the middle where everybody was riding jet skis and stuff, the water was really rough ... It was just swimming in circles. ... He was so exhausted when we got him in the boat, gasping for breath ... We came along at just the right time."

Deer on Hump Mountain, NC - July 8, 2013



NCSU Students Working to Reduce Deer-Related Crop Damage June 27, 2013 North Carolina, Beaufort Observer
...North Carolina row crop farmers lose more than $30 million each year because of crop damage caused by deer. Yet ... Each year approximately 250,000 sportsmen/women take more than 2.9 million trips afield in NC in pursuit of deer. In fact, more than $311 million ... are spent on deer-related hunting expenses in NC every year...

Men get prison for poaching in WNC June 14, 2013 North Carolina, Asheville Citizen-Times
... A judge sentenced 10 men for poaching wildlife and other illegal hunting activities on national forests in Western North Carolina ... Officials said the violations included bear baiting, illegal taking of bears, deer and other wildlife, illegal use of dogs, operation of illegal bear enclosures and guiding hunts on national forest lands without the required permits... 

Hunters, farmers to work together June 12, 2013 North Carolina, News & Observer
A two-year program called Farmers Manage Deer will allow farmers who lose money because of crop damage to host special hunts starting this fall and gain back lost income... The goal will be reducing crop loss, which exceeds $30 million per year, and managing the state’s 1.35 million deer...Wildlife Commission reminder to leave young animals alone June 8, 2013 North Carolina, Jefferson Post

... Deer are a“hider species” — which means a female will hide her fawn in vegetation while she feeds elsewhere. She might not return for several hours. So while the fawn might look abandoned and alone, it is often just waiting for the female to return ...

Bald Head Island, Plan solves deer issue through sterilization June 1, 2013 Nort Carolina, StarNewsOnline.com
... The conservancy received a permit from the state Wildlife Resources Commission and will be the first community in North Carolina to implement the non-lethal management program. ..."This drug requires two inoculations, and then they're sterile forever," said Suzanne Dorsey, executive director of the Bald Head Island Conservancy. "It's got over a 90 percent success rate in sterilizing the deer with two doses." ... GonaCon, a contraceptive developed by the federal Department of Agriculture... 

Bald Head permitted for deer birth control May 21, 2013 North Carolina, Port City Daily
... Officials with the Bald Head Island Conservancy (BHIC) and a group of property owners who’ve long fought for the “immunocontraception” method hope to begin darting deer with the control drug late this year or early next... The drug for the task is called GonaCon, developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Wildlife Research Center and approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...

Deer populations blunted by disease May 18, 2013 North Carolina, StarNewsOnline.com
... State deer biologist Evin Stanford said the harvest decline that occurred across most of the state resulted from an outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease, which has become widespread throughout the Southeast and Midwest.  The statewide deer harvest of 167,249 is the lowest since 2006-07 ...

... The PGA Tour dropped its doping case against Vijay Singh on Tuesday based on new information from the World Anti-Doping Agency, which said using deer antler spray is no longer prohibited because it contains such small amounts of of a growth hormone factor ...

States set sights on lifting Sunday hunting bans April 27, 2013 North Carolina, USA Today
...Lawmakers and hunting advocates in North Carolina and three other states are working to change "blue laws" that ban hunting on Sunday.  Eleven states prohibit the sport on Sunday  ... In Connecticut, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is backing a bill that would allow Sunday deer hunting with bows, said Dennis Schain, the agency's communications director. He said it would help manage the deer population...

Why Predator Control Matters For Deer Populations April 3, 2013 North Carolina, Bowhunting Magazine
... There was no coyote season in North Carolina when I was in grad school. However, coyotes are now so common throughout North Carolina that the state just changed its regulations to allow night hunting...  predator populations have expanded even as acres of available habitat decreased significantly. It doesn’t take a scientist to figure out that more predators on less land likely results in more interactions ... 

Coping with coyotes: Residents speak out; bill seeks changes March 29, 2013 North Carolina, Lexington Dispatch
... Coyotes in southern states also eat lots of deer, which has in turn frustrated many hunters across North Carolina... Sen. Stan Bingham, R-Davidson, introduced legislation earlier this month that would allow landowners and lessees to trap coyotes on their property year-round...

Landis residents can hunt deer with bow in town March 5, 2013 North Carolina, Salisbury Post
... Residents will be able to bow hunt deer on private property within town limits but they can't hunt on town property. The board decided Monday to proceed with a letter of intent to participate in the 2014 urban archery season ... Alderman Tony Hilton ... pushed for the option to bow hunt ... Alderman Roger Safrit was one who didn’t wholeheartedly agree with hunting on town property because of any liability issues...

Duke Forest, An Inhumane Activity March 2, 2013 North Carolina, The Durham News
... Ms. Yates offers an array of alternatives to the deer overpopulation, including immunocontraceptives (which many of us had not known were available), and she suggests that Duke Forest would be an ideal spot for deer contraception research, rather than continuing its present employment of bow hunters, and closing the area for those of us who love to walk its trails. Other highly effective methods of handling deer overpopulation include reducing speed limits, fencing, deer repellent sprays, noise/sound/whistle devices for automobiles, and sprinkler or sound systems for gardens...

Duke Forest, On The War On Deer February 27, 2013 North Carolina, Chapelboro.com
... a column by Karin Yates ... she suggests that Duke Forest would be an ideal spot for deer contraception research, rather than continuing its present employment of bow hunters ...  I checked with a former bow-hunter who gave up the sport because of the large number of injuries it inflicts, and he estimates that 50% is a conservative figure. He still hunts but only with guns, and for this reason...

Wake Forest lets arrows fly to control deer population February 20, 2013 North Carolina, WRAL.com
The Wake Forest Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday night to allow bow hunting of deer. Proponents say it's a practical measure  ... archers can hunt for deer on privately owned land at least 5 acres in size ... Any bow hunter also must have all required state permits ...

Duke Forest hunt takes 75 deer February 12, 2013 North Carolina, Durham News
... killed 75 animals, the fewest since the hunt began five years ago ... Duke (Unitversity) doesn’t know how many deer live in the forest, which has a lot of “very edgy” areas close to residential areas where animals may travel back and forth... UNC biology professor Robert Peet... said. “I wish they were killing more deer...  They have decreased the density of seedlings and saplings,” ... 

Supplemental feeding helps deer in the winter February 11, 2013 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportman
Foods high in protein, carbohydrates and fats — nuts, berries and flowers — go a long way, but, these foods are short-lived... Browse from a variety of trees, shrubs and vines are important in winter, such as: maples, yellow poplar, birch, dogwood, crab apple, blackberry, ash, sassafras, Japanese Honeysuckle, viburnum, wild grape and green briar. ... 


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North Carolina data: Deer population estimated at 1.2 to 1.35 million in 2013 through 2011 (estimate from North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission).  The Cherokee Indians are attempting to restock their tribal lands in the Qualla Boundary of western North Carolina. Between 1699 and 1715 southeastern tribes were shipping about 54,000 deer skins annually as part of the deer skin trade. The deer were nearly extinct by 1750.  Predation by bears and coyotes and the reduction of edge habitat in the Qualla Boundary have prevented the deer from recovering as they have in some other parts of the Southeast.

Other useful links:
- North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources
- North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
- Mission Statement: The mission of the Division of Wildlife Management is to monitor the health and status of wildlife populations, develop and administer programs for their management and wise use, and when necessary help resolve human-wildlife interactions in a manner which will assure a diverse wildlife resource for future generations of North Carolinians.

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Baby deer being fed potato slices by Keith Zeiss of Angela's Deer Rescue, Rehab & Release nonprofit in Yancy County, Burnsville, NC, Blue Ridge Mountains. November, 2012