North Carolina Deer News

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 ...

Matthews, Deer-hunting season raises plenty of issues September 26, 2014 North Carolina, Charlotte Observer 
... according to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Biologist Rupert Medford ... a wounded deer could travel as far as 150 yards before dying... “I don’t think it’s appropriate to hunt where a dying or maimed deer could end up on someone’s doorstep or in a child’s sandbox,” Higdon said...

Pinehurst, Village Seeking Input From Residents on Deer Problem September 24, 2014 North Carolina, Southern Pines Pilot
... Do you feel that deer contribute to the prevalence of tick borne diseases? [see research on deer and Lyme disease] Would you support a recommendation to the Village Council, which would include a public education component, common sense steps to take when encountering deer, and the selective culling of the deer herd in the Village of Pinehurst? ...

2 public meetings will allow comment on deer farming amendment September 18, 2014 North Carolina, News & Observer
... The 7 p.m. meetings are scheduled for Oct. 7 at the Iredell county Extension Center in Statesville and Oct. 14 at commission headquarters, 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh... Read the proposed change at http://www.ncwildlife.org/ProposedRegulations.aspx

Start of deer season in Asheville area brings safety reminder September 12, 2014 North Carolina, Asheville Citizen-Times
... With archery deer hunting season starting Saturday in Western North Carolina counties, U.S. Forest Service officials remind hikers, campers and other visitors to area national forests – as well as hunters themselves - to stay alert and be safety-conscious...

Matthews, Should Bow Hunting Be Allowed In Neighborhoods? September 12, 2014 Wccb Charlotte 
... Flying arrows and dead deer aren't exactly what property owners like Liz Teifer had in mind when she moved into her quiet, family-friendly Matthews community... Teifer's neighbor is one of six applicants asking the Town of Matthews to allow them to shoot deer with bow and arrow on their property. "There's a place for hunting, but it's not in a neighborhood. It's full of kids...

Pinehurst, Task Force Weighs Extent of Deer Problem September 3, 2014 North Carolina, Southern Pines Pilot
...  Bob Farren, director of golf courses and grounds for Pinehurst Resort and a task force member, said later in the discussion that the resort has not experienced any problems caused by deer.  “We’re doing nothing and I have seen no deer ... I spend a lot of hours out there.” ...

Dealing with deer causing rifts among neighbors September 2, 2014 North Carolina, Henderson Daily Dispatch 
...  some soybean farmers in the area shoot deer that wander on their land to eat the beans. The wounded deer flee the farm and are left to die on a neighboring property — like Stars’... farmers are allowed to shoot deer that have eaten more than $50 worth of a crop ...

Public Hearings Set for Proposed Changes to Captive Cervid Program August 29, 2014 North Carolina, NCWRC News
     On Aug. 28, the Wildlife Commission voted to initiate temporary rule-making to make changes to the captive cervid program. Two public hearings will be held to receive comments on the proposed changes, one on Oct. 7 in Statesville and one on Oct. 14 in Raleigh. Read the proposed rule changes.

Olde Point residents to hold meeting about deer population August 27, 2014 North Carolina, Star News Online
... invited board members from surrounding subdivisions to the 7 p.m. meeting at the Hampstead Community Center – a meeting, he said, that will not decide anything or settle the issue. The meeting is meant as informational ...  the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Bow Hunters Association, both of which will be represented at Thursday's meeting...

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...

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