North Carolina Deer News

Are all the deer and fish really gone? February 23, 2015 North Carolina, Asheville Citizen-Times
... commission spokesman Geoff Cantrell ... provided these historical North Carolina deer population estimates:  1900 — 10,000 (population was lowest in the early 1900s), 1950 —150,000.  2000 — 1.1 million.  Current estimate — 1,165,000.

Pinehurst confronts deer problem, but won't use culling February 16, 2015 North Carolina, Fayetteville Observer 
...  The Village Council agreed to post deer crossing signs and continue a prohibition on feeding wildlife, but stopped short of starting a program to kill deer in the village... "Council's primary concern about the culling was being able to do it in a safe manner," said Jeff Batton, interim village manager. "They basically said not at this time." ...

Emerald Isle, Deer hunt comments encouraged February 11, 2015 North Carolina, carolinacoastonline.com
... I awoke ... to find a police truck parked in front of my house and an officer trampling through the yards... they had shot a deer during the night and not retrieved it. I was shocked to learn they were shooting deer on the streets... When did my street become a “limited wooded area?” This takes place from midnight until 4 a.m...Please contact Frank Rush, town manager, and ask that this depredation be halted on Emerald Isle... by telephone at (252) 354-3424 or by email at frush@emeraldisle-nc.org

North Carolina's game commission wants the red wolf program ended February 6, 2015 North Carlina, The Retriever, Dog, & Wildlife Blog
...five counties where red wolves roam ... In May 2014, a court-ordered injunction banned coyote hunting ... by November, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission created a framework that would allow some limited coyote hunting in the area.  Also, if one is legally hunting coyotes, one can kill a red wolf if it is taken by accident. I should note that red wolves look a lot like Eastern coyotes. ...

EHD in Northern Piedmont NC Herd February 5, 2015  Wallace Chambers
President, Piedmont Wildlife Hunt Club, LLC
...  in northern Durham county, NC....  a devastating EHD kill in our area.... We estimate a loss of over 50% of our herd in this area.  Night time food plot photos and area hunter observations were how we came to this number ...  the affected counties harvest numbers should reflect the drop in deer numbers... Virginia Fish and Game has already reported a decreased harvest of 40% in its southern counties, which are just to our north...  there is little that can be done to battle EHD, but getting the word out of the suffering deer numbers will help to battle the deer farm industry in Virginia and North Carolina.  Much pressure is being applied here to open up many new deer farms and to ease the restrictions on the sale of deer parts.  I believe this would be a mistake and would help bring CWD to our state.  To date, not one confirmed case of CWD has been found in our state's deer herd.  It is all about money for the owners of these deer farms and they seem to have a strong lobby here in NC.

Winter is time to burn February 5, 2015 North Carolina Sportsman
... Prescribed burning is one of the most-overlooked and cost-effective habitat-modification techniques. All game species, including turkey, bobwhite quail, rabbits and deer, will benefit in similar ways... Fire removes unwanted woody/non-woody vegetation for access to new growth, and it converts dead plant material to usable nutrients for the establishment of new, tender forage for deer and other wildlife...

Emerald Island, Controlled hunt ends quickly February 4, 2015 North Carolina, Jacksonville Daily News
... the town taking 50 deer, which was the number recommended and approved under a depredation permit ...

Submit Comments on Proposed Fishing, Hunting, Game Land Regulations Electronically through Feb. 8 January 30, 2015 North Carolina, NCWRC
     The Wildlife Commission will continue accepting comments electronically on the proposed 2015-2016 fishing, hunting, game land and other wildlife resource management regulations through Feb. 8. Comments can be submitted here. Game lands users should note that, if adopted, proposals G1 through G14 will go into effect May 1. All other proposals, if adopted, become effective Aug. 1. 

      The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission on Thursday adopted two resolutions regarding reintroduction of red wolves in North Carolina — the first requesting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service end its experimental, non-essential red wolf reintroduction project in northeastern North Carolina, and the second requesting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service capture and remove all individual animals and subsequent offspring that were unauthorized releases on private lands by the federal agency.  The Wildlife Commission cited hybridization with coyotes, encroachment onto private lands and a failure to meet project goals as reasons to end the program in North Carolina....

Pinehurst Village Council Votes Down Proposal to Kill Deer January 14, 2015 North Carolina, The pilot
... Council voted 4-1 Tuesday afternoon to formally reject a recommendation from a task force to implement a "selective" hunting program to manage the deer herd.  "I am not and never will be in favor of shooting deer, killing deer, in the village of Pinehurst," Mayor Pro Tem John Cashion said after making a motion. "In the end, if there is one minor mistake, we'd never survive it...

America's Forgotten Wolf Still Lives In North Carolina January 14, 2015 Indefinitily wild
... there were wolves roaming freely in North Carolina ... The red wolf, Canis rufus, endemic to the United States, once chased deer from New England throughout the Southeast and as far west as Texas. Smaller than its relative, the gray wolf and larger than a coyote ... in the early 1900s only small, isolated populations remained in remote corners of Louisiana and Texas ...

White‐tailed deer population dynamics and adult female survival in the presence of a novel predator MC Chitwood, MA Lashley, JC Kilgo, CE Moorman… - The Journal of Wildlife …, 2015 North Carolina
... Recent localized declines in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) populations in the southeastern United States have been linked to increasing predation pressure from coyotes (Canis latrans), a novel predator to the region. Studies have documented coyotes as the leading cause of mortality for neonates, and 1 study documented coyotes as a mortality factor for adult females... Our data indicate that for low-density deer populations with heavy predation pressure on neonates, protecting adult females from harvest may not completely offset population declines. Coyote removal might be a necessary strategy because it could possibly increase very low fawn survival, which appears to be the most important vital rate influencing λ in our study. However, managers may have to start with reductions in adult female harvest ...

Emerald Island Police department staff to manage deer population January 4, 2014 North Carolina, Jacksonville Daily News 
... The latest deer population estimate put the total population at about 105 deer in the western area of Emerald Isle, which is down from the 159 in fall of 2013.  Based on the estimate, the WRC has recommended the removal of 30 to 50 deer...

Wildlife Commission to Conduct Public Hearing in Norwood on Jan. 8 December 26, 2014 North Carolina, Stanly News & Press
... Among the wildlife management-related proposed changes are temporary rules regulating the holding of deer in captivity... the temporary rules would allow captive cervid licensees to sell antlers, antler velvet and hides from the animals held at their facilities...

Restrictions on deer farms challenged December 24, 2014 North Carolina, The News & Observer
...  applied for a captivity license to start a white-tailed deer and elk farm, but the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission said it wasn’t accepting applications for those animals.  This week, Ellington filed a petition for a contested case ... a prerequisite to filing a lawsuit against a state agency...

Backyard Wildlife: Why deer aren’t devouring your plants December 24, 2014 North Carolina, Charlotte Observer 
... a disease known as epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD, which has recently reduced the Piedmont’s deer population by about half – a downsizing that will likely linger for the next two or so years, according to wildlife biologist Greg Batts.  Deer become infected through the bite of a tiny flying insect often called a midge ...

Watch customers, workers wrangle deer in NC Walmart December 16, 2014 North Carolina, FOX 8
...  Shoppers and workers at a University City Walmart had quite a surprise Monday afternoon after a deer wandered into the store — and it was all caught on video. [below]


Pinehurst Rules Out Hunting to Control Deer Population December 12, 2014 North Carolina, The pilot 
...  recommendation to allow deer hunting in Pinehurst to control the animal’s population failed not because of anguished and emotional debate but a simple lack of sufficient “hard” data to justify such an extreme measure, Village Council members say...

...  hearings in January on proposed changes to the state’s wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for the 2015-16 seasons.  Among the wildlife management-related proposed changes are temporary rules regulating the holding of deer in captivity ... More information on all of the proposed regulations to the state’s wildlife management, game lands and fishing regulations for the 2015-16 seasons, including additional ways to comment, can be found online. The comment period for the captive cervid temporary rules ends Jan. 23. The Commission will consider comments and consider a vote to adopt these temporary rules at its Jan. 29 meeting...

Pinehurst, Village Council Rejects Proposal to Kill Deer December 10, 2014 North Carolina, The pilot 
... "As for us shooting deer in Pinehurst, I will never vote for it," Mayor Pro Tem John Cashion said, drawing applause from many in the audience. "I am not willing to take and cull the deer in the village of Pinehurst and put our citizens at risk." ... The culling recommendation came down to information provided by Rupert Medford, a wildlife biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission...

Wildlife agency will defend officers' protection of deer, bear December 9, 2014 North Carolina, News & Observer
... North Carolina commissioners are moving forward with new rules regulating deer farms, as required in legislation enacted earlier this year. The law allows new permits to be issued for the first time in a dozen years, and for deer to be imported into the state beginning in 2017. The commission previously excluded white-tail deer and elk from the new law, because they are the animals most likely to carry the disease. (Chronic Wasting Disease) ...

Bucks Are Growing in North Carolina December 2, 2014 North Carolina, NC Real Outdoors
...  Most bucks don't see their 3rd birthday in the heavy hunted parts of the state. This seems to be changing and so is the conversation on deer management...  managed the herd by taking does and letting small bucks walk while taking the bucks with unfavorable genetics...

NCWRC's deer-farm vote deserves praise December 1, 2014 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
... the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission bucked the state Legislature and governor by voting unanimously not to follow a portion of the already-signed-into-law Budget Act of 2014. The section would have allowed unfettered expansion of “captive cervid” farms...

Captive deer are sold as lucrative trophies November 29, 2014 North Carolina, Greensboro News & Record
... Many captive deer facilities operate as hunting grounds where patrons pay up to $30,000 to hunt prize bucks. Humans have gone from revering deer to exploiting them as mere trophies... Money changes hands among insiders while farmers and wild deer face threats of CWD ...

Thanks for those trying to protect our wildlife November 25, 2014 North Carolina, New Bern Sun Journal
...  a small group of individuals who own “deer farms” ... would like to remove the regulation of captive cervid (white-tail deer and elk) farms from the jurisdiction of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and place it under the authority of the N.C. Department of Agriculture. The suspected rationale is that the latter would relax the rules on deer farms ...

NC deer farmers, hunters battle over regulation of growing herds November 22, 2014 North Carolina, The News & Observer
...  a statewide association of deer and elk farmers ...  has hired an influential lobbying firm in Raleigh. Smith ... has one of the state’s largest “captive cervid” operations; state records show he has almost 200 white-tailed deer and elk on 60 acres in Rowan County... They hope to persuade the legislature to allow new farms to open and to move regulation of the industry from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission ... 

Deer farmers accuse NC agency of stoking fear and raiding farms November 18, 2014 North Carolina, The News & Observer 
... deer farmers stood before state lawmakers to accuse the state Wildlife Resources Commission of targeting their industry, unfairly stoking fears about a disease fatal to white-tailed deer ... North Carolina has 37 farms that raise deer for their antlers and meat and to sell outside the state for hunting ...

Legislature to put NC Wildlife Resources Commission under microscope November 17, 2014 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
... A select committee of the N.C. House on “Regulatory Authority and Operations of the N.C. Wildife Resources Commission” will meet at 10 a.m... Whether the Commission should use standards adopted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and standards of other states related to the regulation of cervids (elk and various species of deer) ...

Village Task Force Recommends 'Selective' Deer Culling November 12, 2014 North Carolina, Southern Pines Pilot
...  the rationale for recommending culling came down to information provided by Rupert Medford, a wildlife biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, who said the deer density has reached a point in certain areas that culling is needed.
In the draft report, Medford estimated that the density in the area to be 15 to 29 deer per square mile, which is at a level where culling is needed to maintain the health of the herd. [U.S. Forest Service estimates that a deer density of 15 to 28 per square mile is optimal for forest health]

Pinehurst, Culling Remains at Center of Debate for Deer Task Force November 5, 2014 North Carolina, Southern Pines Pilot
... “Instead of paying someone to cull deer, there are hunters who would come in and do this,” [Michael Black, a member of the deer task force] said. “Pinehurst could profit ... Williams responded, “The easiest route to take is to leave them alone,” which drew applause from a number of residents attending the meeting...

Commission votes to continue restrictions on farm raised elk, whitetails October 31, 2014 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
... The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission slowed a concerted push to create more deer pens in North Carolina at its regular monthly meeting on Thursday in Raleigh, voting to allow new farms to be built for axis, fallow and red deer – but not for whitetail deer and elk...
     Decision time arrives for wildlife commission on captive deer farming expansion October 31, 2014 North Carolina, News & Observer
... By a 246-to-1 ratio, according to a public comment summary, members of the public opposed the proposal ... temporary rules that would allow expansion of the state’s captive deer farming industry... North Carolina has 37 deer farming operations...

Revisions Made to Captive Cervid Licenses and Permits October 30, 2014 North Carolina, NCWRC News
...  During the public comment period for the temporary rules, the Commission became aware of potential legal barriers to issuance of licenses for white-tailed deer and elk. In today’s actions, the Commission approved permitting and licensing rules pertaining only to farmed cervids, which are not affected by the potential legal barriers. The Commission also increased the mandatory testing age for chronic wasting disease in all captive deer that have died, from six months to 12 months...

Blad Head Island, Population-control effort on hold after one tagged deer found off island October 29, 2014 North Carolina, State Port Pilot
... Bald Head Island’s groundbreaking effort to manage the deer herd with a contraceptive drug is on hold after a tagged deer was spotted on Carolina Beach recently... the birth control vaccine, does not affect humans that consume deer, the anesthetizing agent potentially could ...

Pinehurst, Need for Culling Debated at Deer Task Force Meeting October 29, 2014 North Carolina, Southern Pines Pilot
... Tyler Stowe, with a company based in Benson called Outdoor Management, said ... they can also install feeding plots “to pull deer away from residential areas and give them a food source” especially during the winter months. He said they are in less populated areas and away from heavily traveled roads to get deer away from people and cars.  “It is a safer method,” he said. “It reduces the liability and collateral damage.” ...

Commission faced with big decision Thursday on state's deer farms October 28, 2014 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
... At the heart of the discussion is the threat of Chronic Wasting Disease ... Supporters of deer-farming want the Commission’s existing strict sanctions against the movement of pen-raised deer relaxed so that more farms can be created ... The state chapter of the Quality Deer Management Association and the N.C. Wildlife Federation have weighed in against changing how deer farms are managed...

Outbreak of Hemorrhagic Disease in Piedmont Deer Tapers Off Octoober 27, 2014 North Carolina, Stanly News & Press 
... After receiving multiple reports of dead, dying or sick deer in seven Piedmont counties, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission said today that the outbreak of hemorrhagic disease (HD) in white-tailed deer appears to be tapering off with the onset of cooler weather...

Pinehurst, Sharpshooters, Culling Debated at Deer Task Force Meeting October 22, 2014 North Carolina, Southern Pines Pilot
... The most common complaint from residents is about damage deer inflict on landscaping... “I love seeing the deer,” [a resident] said. “I am more than willing to give up some of my roses to have the wildlife.” ... questioned whether the village would be liable if one of her neighbors was out at night walking a dog at night and was accidentally shot...

CWD: Let's Hope That's Not the Way Deer Are Controlled October 21, 2014 North Carlolina, Southern Pines Pilot
... chronic wasting disease (CWD)... Thus far, North Carolina has been fortunate in having healthy deer herds. Earlier this year the Wildlife Resources Commission reported that a survey of some of the state’s deer found no evidence of CWD... has reduced the population in states that have evidence of the disease ...

... The red wolf disappeared from North Carolina before the first shots of the Civil War...  coyotes and red wolves can, and often do, interbreed. Without keeping the species separate, the small wolf population would be absorbed by coyotes... Wildlife studies indicated nearly half of their diet is deer... 100 wolves should scarcely have an effect on deer population ...

Southern Pines, Deer Task Force Weighs Bow Hunting, Sharpshooters October 16, 2014 North Carolina, The pilot 
... task force member Michael Black, who is a hunter, pointed out that hiring sharpshooters would be expensive because of the insurance they must carry.... “If they miss a shot, it can be more catastrophic than an arrow" ... “We’re not an extermination service,” ... About 321 of the 704 comments received in an online survey dealt with culling, with 202 supporting it and 121 opposing it ... 

Sportsmen urge commission 'to stand up for resource' on deer issue October 15, 2014 North Carolina, News & Observer
... Speakers stated their opposition to proposed captive deer farming policy changes, and then they encouraged the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission members to stand against efforts to weaken rules they fear would allow chronic wasting disease, or CWD, into the state’s wild deer herd...

Acorn bumper crop turns heads in Western North Carolina October 15, 2014 North Carolina, Spartanburg Herald Journal
 ... "Why we get this bumper crops every few years is largely a mystery," .. the 2012 and 2013 fall seasons were "essentially acorn failures," which is one factor why the deer population — measured by deer tagged by hunters per square mile — are at rather anemic rates ... The deer population in both Pisgah and Nantahala national forests are below what the state's wildlife commission would like to see ...

Wildlife Commission asking for input on captive deer rules October 8, 2014 North Carolina, New Bern Sun Journal
... The proposed changes to current rules would allow the Wildlife Commission to issue new permits for the purpose of holding cervids in captivity and allow certified herd owners to sell or transfer cervids to any licensed facility. ..

Pinehurst, Deer Task Force Debates Bow Hunting in Village October 8, 2014 North Carolina, The pilot
... how far a deer will run after being struck by an arrow. ...“If you make a clean shot, it will live about eight seconds,” adding that it might run about 100 yards before dying...she witnessed the practice when she lived in Pennsylvania and told of following a deer that had an arrow in its side for several hours so that she could kill it humanely...

Protect those buck fawns October 6, 2014 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
... Harvesting a buck fawn while trying to harvest a doe is not a good way to prepare for the future. A premature overharvest of young bucks is an effective way to disrupt the age dynamics  ...  In North Carolina, the button buck harvest makes up about 5 percent of the total harvest ... The first deer into the field is almost always a button buck ...

State will host meeting Tuesday to discuss deer farming expansion in NC October 6, 2014 North Carolina, Charlotte Observer 
... The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission plans to host a meeting Tuesday in Statesville to discuss regulation changes that would allow the expansion of deer farming in the state. .The changes were proposed as a result of the budget act state legislators passed...

North Carolina Deer Hunting Forecast for 2014 October 2, 2014  gameandfishmag.com
... With liberalized deer hunting seasons and regulations, we experienced a leveling of the deer population from about 1993 through 2001, when the population was around 1.1 million. Then it jumped up around 1.35 million from 2003 to around 2005 and it has remained at about that level, although there may be places that have experienced localized declines.” ... with the harvest from two seasons ago, prior to the 2012 hemorrhagic disease outbreak, we have all indications that populations are recovering ...

North Carolina data: An estimated 1,165,000 deer in early 2015.  Deer population estimated at 1.2 to 1.35 million in 2013 through 2011 (estimate from North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission). The deer population was reduced by a significant outbreak of EHD in 2012, but bounced back into 2013 resulting in a record harvest of 188,130 .  The EHD outbreak was worst in the southeast and midwest of the state.  Some areas lost up to 70 percent of the deer. The previous record deer harvest was in 2008-09 at 176,297. Does were 42.7 percent of the 2012 harvest. Record keeping began in 1976.  The deer population was about 10,000 around the year 1900 recovering through conservation efforts to 150,000 by 1950, and reaching about 1.1 million in the year 2000.
     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.
    The world's only population of red wolves reside in North Carolina.

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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