North Carolina Deer News

No change in captive deer farming jurisdiction August 13, 2014 North Carolina, The News & Observer
... A proposal to reassign jurisdiction for captive deer from the commission to the N.C. Department of Agriculture was removed from Senate Bill 744 late in the General Assembly’s short session...  a victory for wildlife conservation organizations that want no threat of change from the commission’s stringent efforts to keep chronic wasting disease from being imported from states with the disease...

Sportsman are winners in budget bill signed Thursday August 8, 2014 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
... The bill did not wind up transferring control over farm-raised, penned deer and other cervids from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to the N.C. Department of Agriculture as was originally written into the Senate version. Because of worries about introducing deer into North Carolina from states where Chronic Wasting Disease has been ...

Woman fawns over injured baby deer August 7, 2014 North Carolina, Rocky Mount Telegram
... Billie Garrett.... a veterinarian nurse who spends every waking hour outside of work caring for baby deer that have been injured or orphaned.  Garrett started Silver Creek Fawn Rescue in 2011 ... Roughly 75 percent of the fawns currently under Billie’s care didn’t need to be there ... Most were picked up by well-intentioned, but naïve people who assumed the fawns were abandoned ...

Does love of money put wildlife at risk?  August 1, 2014 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
... The portion of the proposed 2014 state budget bill that would put the N.C. Department of Agriculture in charge of cervids instead of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission — thereby creating less border security that could allow Chronic Wasting Disease into the state — makes no sense, unless you follow the money... the N.C. Deer/Elk Farmers Association, led by Tom Smith, the former CEO of Food Lion, tried unsuccessfully five years ago to get the Commission to loosen rules on importing deer...



Budget proposal to shift N.C. deer farming oversight finds opposition July 22, 2014 North Carolina, StarNewsOnline.com
... North Carolina's "fair chase" law currently prevents these types of hunting outfits ... The language in the House budget doesn't specifically lift the ban on high-fenced hunts. What it does is shift management of deer farming from the Wildlife Resources Commission to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services...

North Carolina deer free of chronic wasting disease July 9, 2014 North Carolina, Asheville Homepages Citizen Times Social Media
... The diagnostic laboratory report was from a sampling of more than 3,800 free-ranging deer and elk beginning in 2013 and continuing through earlier this year. Biologists collected brain stem tissue and retropharyngeal lymph nodes from the animals... 

Village to Create Task Force on Deer Problems July 8, 2014 North Carolina, The pilot 
... The Pinehurst Village Council agreed Tuesday afternoon to create a task force ... "It's one of these issues that is around," ... Strickland said the task force should also include someone who is against deer culling in order to hear from all sides.,,

Captive deer ... June 25, 2014 North Carolina, News & Observer
... N.C. Camo alerted more than 5,200 followers to a House budget item that would transfer administration of farms raising captive deer from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to the N.C. Department of Agriculture...

Public hearing set to discuss use of dogs during deer season June 19, 2014 North Carolina, Bladen Journal
... a proposal to prohibit the use of dogs for taking deer on approximately 1,700 acres of Bladen Lakes State Forest Game Land in Bladen County. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, in the Bladen Community College Auditorium ...

Deer Management Basics June 5, 2014 North Carolina, Mossy Oak Properties NC Land and Farms
...t on average a whitetail deer's home range is roughly a square mile, or 640 acres... Providing cover by planting CRP or hinge cutting trees will assistance your efforts in providing deer a secure place to reside. Hinge cutting is a practice that is conducted with chainsaws and consists of cutting half way or three quarters the way through the tree trunk, about 2-4 feet from the ground...

Clayton the latest town to consider urban hunting May 28, 2014 North Carolina, News & Observer
... More than 40 towns across North Carolina, including nearby Archer Lodge, allow the special season regulated by the N.C. Wildlife Commission... Town leaders may let archers kill deer within the town limits ...

North Carolina red wolf also subject of conservation controversy May 27, 2014 North Carolina, The Missoulian
... red wolves is they’ve been absent from the landscape for a much longer period of time than gray wolves ... As soon as Europeans started coming to the Eastern Seaboard in the 1700s, they were hunting them. They were pretty much wiped out by the 1850s ... U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle on May 13 ordered an end to coyote hunting in five North Carolina counties where the red wolf has been reintroduced... 

Statewide Deer Harvest Increases, declines in some areas May 5, 2014 North Carolina, Thetribunepapers
...  District 8 and 9 have over half the Game Lands in North Carolina yet we have the lowest deer harvest records year after year. The reason for this is that Game Land is mostly National Forests which are not being properly managed for wildlife habitat. Except for squirrels there is no suitable habitat for most wildlife. Heck, the bears don’t want to live there which is why they are moving into our neighborhoods... 

Eastern Cherokee Reclaim Deer Heritage May 2, 2014 North Carolina, Indian Country Today Media Network
... the Cherokee ...who have cherished the animal for 10,000 years or more, do not have them on their own lands in what is today western North Carolina.  A new program is taking deer from Morrow Mountain State Park in the Uwharrie Mountains in North Carolina ... and transplanting them into the Eastern Band’s 5,130-acre natural preserve on Cherokee tribal lands...

Numbers show deer recovery is going well April 30, 2014 North Carolina, Wilkes Journal Patriot
... Wilkes County’s deer harvest during the 2013 hunting season exceeded the prior season’s total by 57 percent, which state wildlife officials said indicated continued recovery from an outbreak of hemorrhagic disease in 2012... Stanford said the smaller harvest in 2012 was partly due to hunters intentionally taking fewer deer to help depleted herds recover...

NC hits record-high deer hunting season April 24, 2014 North Carolina, Citizen-Times.com Blogs 
... Deer came back from a devastating season of hemorraghic disease the previous year ... According to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, hunters harvested a record 188,130 deer across the state in the 2013-14 season, up 12.5 percent from the previous year’s 167,249 deer harvested....

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...

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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 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 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