North Carolina Deer News 

Prescribed burns benefit wildlife habitats February 10, 2016 North Carolina, The Jefferson Post 
... the North Carolina Wildlife Commission will schedule numerous prescribed burns from the mountains to the coastline ... These fire-dependent habitats will receive restoration and maintenance burns, particularly in areas that need open groundcover for quail, deer and turkeys...

Owner apologizes for bringing roadkill to NC Chinese restaurant January 21, 2016 North Carolina, FOX 8 
... A woman took a picture of Chen’s vehicle behind the restaurant after seeing people in the car place a dead deer from the side of the road in the trunk. The woman said she recognized the car from it delivering food to her home ...


North Carolina Proposes Opening Elk Hunt January 19, 2016 First For Wildlife ... In 2001, an experimental herd of 25 elk was reintroduced to the state of North Carolina...  another 27 elk were reintroduced to the Cataloochee Valley of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2002...  today the state has a rough estimate of around 140-160 elk.

No-kill deer control program begins on Bald Head Island January 14, 2016 North Carolina, The State Port Pilot ·
... the Bald Head Island Conservancy is using a contraceptive drug to keep the deer population down, with the goal of eliminating lethal culling completely... To learn more about the program, visit www.bhic.org/deer...

WNC weighs in on proposed elk hunt January 13, 2016 North Carolina, Asheville Citizen-Times
 ... “When we feel like the population of elk reaches the point where it can withstand hunting pressure, we can issue permits for bull tags ... rough estimate is that 140-160 elk live inside and outside [Smoky Mountains] ... the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are trying to find a more accurate way of counting elk and managing the herd ... 

NC WRC New Turn-In-Poachers Program January 12, 2016 North Carolina, The Tribune Papers 
... a new program that could reward members of the public who report suspicious activity or provide knowledge related to wildlife poaching violations that results in a conviction...  Anyone who thinks we don’t have a poaching problem is sadly mistaken...

NCWRC holding 9 public meetings to discuss changes to fish and game laws January 7, 2016 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
... One of the proposed changes is regarding the sale of raw, untanned deer hides from legally harvested deer, or those killed by automobiles... processed hides are currently legal to sell ...

Bald Head does to receive birth control injections January 6, 2016 North Carolina, StarNewsOnline
...  a portion of the island's does will receive a dose of Gonacon, a immunocontraception ... Dart guns   ... "Our ultimate goal is to leave 30 viable does that don’t have any anesthesia in them,” Dorsey said. “We don’t want to eradicate deer on the island, just have a healthy dose of them.” ...

26 deer found dead in Pinetops; 5 charged December 6, 2015 North Carolina, WRAL 
... Sixteen heads, mostly of bucks, were found in the yard. Ten additional deer were found in various fields across the county.  One of the deer, shot and left for dead, was found wandering in a field...

Emerald Isle deer hunt set December 31, 2015 North Carolina, carolinacoastonline.com
... The goal, according to Mr. Rush, is to take 30 to 50 deer this year, the same as last year ...  he envisions it being necessary for the foreseeable future...

Rain, warm weather take toll on deer season December 31, 2015 North Carolina, Fayetteville Observer 
... Across the Cape Fear region, hunters say the number of deer spotted and harvested is down... With temperatures in November and December ranging as much as 30 degrees warmer than average and plenty of rain, there hasn't been much of a need or desire to travel. When the deer do move, it's usually at night ...

Star man uses dachshund to find injured deer for hunters December 19, 2015 North Carolina, Asheboro Courier Tribune
... “Most of the deer that are lost and died could have been recovered with the use of an experienced dog,” he said. “Tracking with dogs has only been allowed in North Carolina for the past four years...

North Carolina Ag Dept Embraces Deer Farmers December 15, 2015 North American Deer Farmer's Association
... Deer farmers and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) held their first face-to-face meeting last week, and the positive and friendly environment promises new opportunities for industry growth in the Tar Heel State... discussion about rules and regulations ...

Target stream corridors in logged areas for great deer December 15, 2015 North Carolina Sportsman
... Immediately after a forest is clear-cut, deer and other wildlife will gravitate to the forested stream margins for safe passage and to stay hidden from exposure to potential dangers...

... they’re proportionally tagging more does and fewer bucks each season, according to a survey of 22,500 hunters by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.  In theory, the harvest trends should lead to a more-balanced, healthier herd with more big bucks ... Biologists point to 20 percent as a goal for the number of bucks that should be killed before the peak of the breeding season ...

... Biologists point to 20 percent as a goal for the number of bucks that should be killed before the peak of the breeding season. The survey indicated that North Carolina hunters are killing well above that level, which may be negatively affecting the herd...

NC WRC Releases Deer Study Results December 9, 2015 North Carolina, The Tribune Papers
... let’s look at the dismal deer density figures... from Buncombe County west the deer population is less than 15 per square mile ... That’s pretty bad for 100 counties in the state...  the WRC must be more forceful with the U.S. Forest Service to do more wildlife habitat management work on the Pisgah and Nantahala forests...

Woman finds multiple dead deer in one spot in Kinston woods Decmeber 7, 2015 North Carolina, WNCT 
...  A woman in Lenoir County wants answers after she found over 15 dead deer piled on top of each other in woods near her home... it could be legal if the hunter is dumping them on their own property...

Find loggers and you'll find deer ... December 1, 2015 North Carolina Sportsman
... North Carolina is known as the birthplace of sustainable forestry practices, aka, the Cradle of Forestry in America, and those practices offer a wide range of effects, from fresh clear- cuts to mature forests, and every stage of the game offers deer different opportunities to live...

Marine Shoots Hunting Dogs in North Carolina November 24, 2015 Field and Stream
...  arrested Corporal Jeremy Edge after he allegedly shot and killed two walker hounds, belonging to Matthew Eaton, and then attempted to bury the dogs' radio tracking collars...  Edge claimed that shooting dogs that are chasing deer is legal in his home state of Tennessee—which is not true...

Tensions flare between still hunters and hound-assisted trackers November 23, 2015 North Carolina, The Daily News
... Local hunters said that rift widened after the recent deaths of two Walker hounds — their bullet-pierced bodies were left on the forest floor in Jones County woods about a month into gun season for whitetail deer in Eastern North Carolina...


N.C.'s newest predator makes itself at home in Alamance County November 20, 2015 North Carolina, Times-News
... A study of coyotes in areas near Fort Bragg showed that the canines hunt and live in an average 33-square-miles annually. They’ll travel hundreds of miles to find new territory. The study, released earlier this year by NCSU professors, also showed that coyotes are major predators of deer. Half of all fawns born in that area were killed by coyotes....

Eastern coyote adapts easily to our area November 15, 2015 North Carolina, News & Observer
... For thousands of years, North Carolina was wolf pack country... Wolves were introduced into Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in 1987, but they have not spread much... Deer typically make up one- to two-thirds of the diet of eastern coyotes... the eastern coyote ... has a dash of wolf and domestic dog genes ...

Habitat loss affects much November 8, 2015 North Carolina Sportsman
... population growth is directly affecting the available wildlife habitat ...  Deer have fewer places to live ... Hunters can try to select genetic traits and supplement the deer’s diet ... In the Carolinas, the liberal deer harvest has a negative effect on the quality of the herd overall...

Poacher's big lie will never go away November 1, 2015 North Carolina Sportsman
... Davis ... apparently bought a huge set of non-typical shed antlers from a deer farm in Pennsylvania... killed a small buck with a rifle... sawed off that buck’s tiny 3-point rack and replaced it with his out-of-state antlers ...

Cedar Point skips deer hunt October 29, 2015 North Carolina, carolinacoastonline.com
...  “The board just wants to make sure that when they do this, it’s done right. We don’t have a big problem with deer. Although we’ve been told we will have one if we don’t do something eventually, there’s no emergency.” ...

Citizen scientists use hidden cameras to track urban wildlife October 22, 2015 South Carolina, News & Observer
... Until recently, information about the movements and habits of urban wildlife has been scarce due to a lack of widespread monitoring data. That data is becoming available with the help of more than 400 volunteers who have participated in the program in North Carolina and five other Southeastern states.  “We generally ask people to set up the camera in their backyards or a nearby woods ...

2015 Trophy Deer Forecast: North Carolina October 21, 2015 North Carolina, Game & Fish
... The deer harvest suffered a severe decline during the 2014-15 hunting season ... The Commission has resisted such efforts to restrict antlered buck harvest ... The total harvest decreased 18.3 percent from 188,130 to 153,629. The buck-to-doe harvest ratio increased from 46.0 percent to 47.8 percent...

Deer spotted with arrow through head in Chapel Hill October 20, 2015 North Carolina, 11abc News 
... he contacted North Carolina Fish and Wildlife but was told if the animal wasn't suffering, there was nothing they could do...

Hunters aren’t seeing as many deer November 19, 2015 North Carolina, Washington Daily News
...  eastern North Carolina ... we seem to be seeing far less deer than we’ve seen in the past years...  our deer herd could be in trouble... deer hunters how they feel about this perceived lack of deer this year, they usually reply that the relatively new and growing population of coyotes ...

Deer-car collisions increase during the fall, experts say October 16, 2015 North Carolina, FOX 8 
...  Because fall is deer mating season, experts explain you'll see more deer around this time ... "Deer are active mostly in the very early morning hours and right at dusk when the light levels are low ...


Cool-season time is now October 8, 2015 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
... Fast-growing annuals create immediately-available forage that begins attracting wildlife as soon as the sprouts erupt from the soil and provide food for several months. The most-economical fall forages to plant are wheat and oats... Another October planting that should get a look are forage brassicas....

Help capture wildlife on camera October 4, 2015 North Carolina, Charlotte Observer 
... EMammal researchers are sampling a variety of habitats, from yards and parks to cemeteries and golf courses. All of the cameras are being run by citizen scientists ... Want to know more about the eMammal project? Go to http://emammal.si.edu/triangle-camera-trap-survey.

Alleged record deer hoax attempt leads to charges October 3, 2015 North Carolina, Mount Airy News

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/science-technology/article37089399.html#storylink=cpy
...  holes were drilled into the skull of a three point buck freshly killed in Surry County ... The monstrous 27-point antlers, at one time belonging to a farm-raised Pennsylvania buck, had been sawed off near the base, a lengthwise hole drilled up through the bottom ...

... The state legislature made a 180-degree turnaround early this week and handed over management of deer farms in North Carolina to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, taking authority from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission... Adams said a major lobbying effort and backroom political tactics turned this change into one that came about almost overnight...

NC law opens door to Sunday hunting this week September 30, 2015 North Carolina, Charlotte Observer
... For the first time since 1869, N.C. hunters legally will be able to hunt game on private lands on Sunday with firearms when a new law takes effect Thursday... 

Deer farming bill heads to governor September 30, 2015 North Carolina, WRA
... The original Senate version included a provision moving deer farms from the oversight of the Wildlife Resources Commission ... when it emerged from conference committee with the Senate, the deer farming provision was back in the bill... In 2002, when concerns emerged about the spread of chronic wasting disease ... the state spent nearly a quarter-million dollars to buy out most of the state's deer farms...

Deer Smuggler Protection Act” Hits Floor September 29, 2015 North Carolina, Ammo Land
... According to the letter received by GRNC from wildlife advocate and professional lobbyist Randal Raney, NC Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) Chief Deputy Director Mallory G. Martin admitted that NCWRC knew deer were being imported to the reservation from Ohio without permits, potentially exposing the state’s indigenous deer population to CWD...

N.C. lawmakers move with caution on deer, farm bill September 24, 2015 North Carolina, The News & Observer 
... The state House on Thursday tentatively approved a farm bill after removing several controversial provisions, including one that would have transferred regulation of captive deer from the state’s wildlife office to the agriculture department...

Duke, Three Duke Forest Divisions to Close Weekdays for Hunting Season September 24, 2015 North Carolina, Duke Today
... This is the eighth hunting season for Duke Forest... disturbing research experiments, said Sara Childs, director of Duke Forest ...

Polk County's Aaron Stronach named N.C.'s top wildlife officer September 23, 2015 North Carolina, Charlotte Observer
... Polk County-based Aaron Stronach, noted for his work against illegal nighttime deer hunters, has been honored as wildlife enforcement officer of the year by the N.C. Wildlife Federation...

Deer farming bill advances September 22, 2015 North Carolina, The News & Observer 
... The legislation takes regulatory authority away from the state Wildlife Resources Commission, which had put the brakes on deer farming permits out of concerns that a devastating animal disease could appear in North Carolina, as it has in many other states, as close as Virginia...

Hoax: NC non-typical archery deer killed last week proves false, scorer says September 21, 2015 North Carolina, NorthCarolinaSportman.com
... Davis had gotten the antlers from Pennsylvania and screwed them into the skull plate of a 3-point buck he had taken in North Carolina with a rifle. Davis covered the bases of the antlers with deer hide to make the set-up look more natural ...

North Carolina Deer Forecast for 2015 September 8, 2015 Game & Fish
... [population down] ... three probable factors: an abundance of natural food, the ongoing incidence of hemorrhagic disease in some areas and the high deer harvest that has been occurring over the last several seasons... years of a strong deer harvest, last year’s record harvest and long-term increasing doe harvest trends have also potentially contributed to population decreases ...

Deer rescued from Nags Head surf August 27, 2015 North Carolina, HamptonRoads.com
... The fisherman rescued the exhausted animal, and bystanders wrapped it in blankets and a towel ... Deer will swim in the ocean to rid themselves of parasites ...

NC Deer Farming Bill Threatens Federal Excise Gun Range Dollars August 20, 2015 North Carolina, Beaufort Observer
... North Carolina's 335,000 hunters provided the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission with $19,932,347 during the Fiscal year of 2014 alone. Should Deer Farming expand within North Carolina, causing our state to becomes CWD positive, and suffer the same percentage loss in licensed hunters as Wisconsin did on the year they discovered the disease, the state would face a conservation dollar loss of $2,132,761 in one year alone...

Is deer farming a threat to wildlife and deer hunting in NC? August 20, 2015 North Carolina, Beaufort Observer
... one needs to go no further than the Cherokee White Tail Hunting Preserve in Robbinsville, where shooting a large buck commands $14,000 and up...  SB 513 would transfer control of farmed deer entirely to the Department of Agriculture, allowing him to control licensing and permits for deer farms and transportation of animals ...

Changes to state laws August 8, 2015 North Carolina, Fayetteville Observer
...Starting Oct. 1, it will be legal to use firearms to hunt on Sundays in most of North Carolina. ... a prohibition on hunting between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30p.m., no hunting is allowed within 500 yards of a church or a residence ...


Pisgah National Forest is a National Forest in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina. It is administered by the United States Forest Service, part of the United States Department of Agriculture...


... a beeline for the young doe struggling to keep its head above water. As he hugged it, the fawn went limp ... On the Internet, they discovered Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation ... A few hours after the deer arrived, Browning sedated it, took it back to Buxton and released it ...

2015 North Carolina deer season preview August 1, 2015 North Carolina, northcarolinasportsman.com
... last year’s outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease, may wonder whether or how it will affect the 2015 season...  “Deer build up immunities to the virus, but a new strain may appear and infect deer. That happened in 2014.” ...

Are animals invading urban areas? August 2, 2015 North Carolina, Charlotte Observer
... Nils Peterson ... at N.C. State ... noted some adaptive behavior by human residents of new subdivisions.  “At first, they become upset when deer eat their ornamental plants. But 20 years down the road, they either have fences or plants that deer won’t eat.”  Finding better ways to protect animal habitat and include more swaths of nature in our environment won’t just be good for wildlife. Studies have shown that it improves the quality of life for humans ...

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/science-technology/article29531839.html#storylink=cpy

QDMA Hosts Wildlife Habitat Workshop on Sandy Mush Game Lands July 29, 2015 North Carolina, QDMA News
     The Southern Appalachian Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association and the Western Carolina Quality Deer Management Program are hosting a free wildlife habitat management workshop in Leicester on August 8, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   A partnership with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative, University of Tennessee Extension, WNC Wildlife, and the N.C. State Implementation Council of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, the workshop is geared towards deer hunters and landowners interested in wildlife habitat development. ... To register for the workshop, please call (828) 442-2674.

Wild red wolf count falls as fewer parents making fewer pups July  24,2015 North Carolina, News & Observer
... A revised population estimate puts the world's only wild population of endangered red wolves at their lowest level since the late 1990s ... the federal agency has drastically cut its population estimate to between 50 and 75 wild red wolves. The revision was the result of fewer breeding adult wolves ... shooting deaths of red wolves since even experts often couldn't distinguish them from coyotes in a distant flashlight's glare...

... Share biological information about our deer...Share results from a 3 year data analysis (2011-2013)... Discuss concerns & ideas with hunters... We need your input on the future of deer management ...

Managing Land for Wildlife  July 18, 2015 North Carolina, Thetribunepapers
...  Maybe you enjoy sitting on the back porch and watching deer, turkey, or songbirds in the spring and summer. ...The North Carolina State University Extension Services office has the answer with a series of land management workshops coming up in the near future.  It is called the Woodland Steward Series and is specifically designed to help forest landowners in the mountains to manage properties ... access the class schedule and sign up at www.ncsu-feop.org/woodlandstewards/

Debate over deer management in NC July 10, 2015 North Carolina, 1050 WFSC
... “We don’t want to see the expansion of deer and elk farming in our state, which has led around the country to chronic waste disease ...“It’s basically ebola for deer.” ... North Carolina Wildlife Federation CEO Tim Gestwicki ...

Sunday hunting with guns to begin Oct. 1 in NC  July 9, 2015 Asheville Citizen-Times
... Hunting with guns on public land is still prohibited... County commissioners can vote to prohibit Sunday hunting in their counties, although such a ban would not take effect until October 2017...

Who Should Manage North Carolina Captive Deer? July 9, 2015 The Center for Public Intergrity
... The Wildlife Resources Commission was formed in 2002 after chronic wasting disease began to decimate herds in other states. Gestwicki says it has not entered North Carolina, but he fears looser regulations under the Agriculture Department would increase the risk...

Fawn leaps into Clayton rescuer’s arms after wandering into storm drain July 6, 2015 North Carolina, The News & Observer
...  an unusual sound coming from a storm drain ... Shortly after firefighter Holly Holton made her descent, the animal leaped into her arms...  neighbors had seen what they believed was the fawn’s mother pacing up and down...

Big money calling deer-farm bill shots July 1, 2015 North Carolina, northcarolinasportsman.com
... SB 513 removes management of “farmed” cervids from the Commission and gives it to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services ... The N.C. Deer & Elk Farmers Association ... has spent thousands of dollars in campaign contributions ...

Regulating deer key to preventing disease June 25, 2015 North Carolina, Star News Online
... The NCWRC has a CWD-action plan that would attempt to kill hundreds of deer surrounding an outbreak area divided along county borders. In states where the disease has occurred, similar measures have not contained it and hunting related expenditures have dropped as much fifty percent due to deer hunters curtailing activity...

Lifting Sunday hunting ban on guns gets final legislative OK  June 24, 2015 North Carolina, WTVD-TV
... Hunting from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - when many services are held - would still be banned when the change takes place Oct. 1. Hunters would have to remain at least 500 yards away from a church or a house not on the property, although that wouldn't apply to private hunting preserves...

Protect White-Tailed Deer Against Diseases June 23, 2015 North Carolina, National Wildlife Federation
... t special interests are promoting bills that would reclassify captive deer and elk as “livestock” and transfer oversight away from the Wildlife Resources Commission - placing North Carolina's wild deer populations in peril across the state.... 

Cedar Point, Town to discuss thinning growing number of deer June 20, 2015 North Carolina, Carolinacoastonline
...  “some residents are beginning to see more deer and experience some property damage” to ornamental plants and gardens. “ ... the deer hunt in Emerald Isle has been emotional and controversial at times ...

House moves NC closer to allowing Sunday hunting June 18, 2015 North Carolina, News & Observer
... A bill to allow Sunday hunting on private land in North Carolina passed the House 88 to 26 after a compromise to add a midday ban advanced in the House and Senate...

... North Carolina's Constitution and law explicitly prohibit the sale of deer. Whitetails are recognized as a public trust asset, a benefit and enjoyed resource for all citizens. Representative West's language would begin to unravel the long-standing history with little debate from residents...

Deer Farmers drain Family Farmers USDA / FSA Funds June 17, 2015 North Carolina, PR Newswire (press release)
... Deer Farmers have begun to benefit from the Federal Livestock Indemnity Program, authorized by the USDA, which provides protection to commercial farmers when adverse weather or disease eradicates a large percentage of livestock ... unlike cattle farms that sell their meat for commercial distribution, captive cervid (deer) farms commercially breed their animals to sell to shooting pens...

Sportsmen asked to oppose expansion of deer pens in NC June 16, 2015 North Carolina, Sun Journal
... The N.C. Camo Coalition and other wildlife conservation groups are urging sportsmen to contact their elected state representatives and ask them to oppose NC Farm Bill Article 14, Senate Bill 513 which would allow the transfer of deer farm regulation from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) to the N.C. Department of Agriculture...

Deer-farming bill herded through committee June 9, 2010 North Carolina, WRAL
... House leaders are pushing ahead on a bill that would allow the expansion of deer farming in North Carolina.  Senate Bill 513, the Farm Act of 2015 ... would transfer the oversight of the state's handful of deer farms from the Wildlife Resources Commission, where it's been since 2002, to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services ...

A Burned Cat and a Baby Fawn Become Best Friends May 24, 2015 North Carolina, Jezebel
... Two furry residents of an animal emergency hospital—a kitty who was burned in a fire and an abandoned fawn—have become unlikely friends. [Image from Youtube]

Wildlife Commission Schedules Deer-Management Forums May 21, 2015 North Carolina, Commission News
... The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host nine public forums across the state in June to discuss deer management in North Carolina [see link above for meeting details].These forums will utilize an interactive approach to share information and gain feedback from deer hunters and others about their preferences for deer management in North Carolina.  
    Wildlife Commission biologists will share a recently completed biological evaluation of the state’s deer herd, including the average ages of bucks and does harvested, the peak breeding dates, and the timing of the harvest. Discussion will include how each of these can play a role in determining the future of deer management in North Carolina as well as other topics of interest to deer hunters. Commissioners and staff will welcome questions and discussion on the future of deer hunting and deer management in North Carolina...

Deer farming changes pass state Senate, go to House May 20, 2015 North Carolina, The News & Observer 
... “The N.C. Wildlife Federation is very disappointed in the actions of the N.C. Senate and the wildlife commission,” said NCWF Camouflage Coalition coordinator Richard Hamilton, a former commission director. “We plan to continue our opposition in the House.” ...

Dogs attack deer in Durham subdivision May 20, 2015 North Carolina, 11abc News
... After reviewing the shocking video, several officers spent the day searching for the dogs and their owner... Watson and her neighbors aren't waiting for that. They've turned to social media...

... The little lost fawn attached itself to the gentle German Shepard because it believed in the words of Iris’s owner Adrian Flores, that the seven-month-old cuddly canine was actually its mother... the Disney deer and the delightful dog are completely relaxed and carefree in one another’s company ...

Deer, swine, eels in NC farm bill that gets Senate OK May 19, 2015 North Carolina, WNCT
... The bill approved 44-2 on Monday shifts regulation of North Carolina deer raised on farms from wildlife officials to the Department of Agriculture...

Turn up the heat on coyotes now May 15, 2015 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
... the state’s deer population has declined by 30 percent since 2002, and much of it is attributed to the coyote invasion... Newborn fawns emit fewer odors than adults, which helps them hide from predators, but coyotes’ ultra-keen sense of smell  makes young fawns vulnerable ...

Nature keeps down most recent deer season numbers May 14, 2015 North Carolina, Star News Online ·
... Evin Stanford, the commission's deer biologist, linked the decline to three likely factors: an abundance of natural food, ongoing hemorrhagic disease in some areas, and the high deer harvest over the last several seasons...

Gardening - Consider a few native plants that resist deer November 15, 2015 North Carolina, Star News Online 
... smaller trees that are deer-resistant, consider Carolina cherry laurel, eastern redbud, or red buckeye, a small native whose bright red flowers are favorites of hummingbirds ... Highbush blueberry, inkberry and arrowood are shrubs ...

... Deer and elk breeders have sought the change in regulations, arguing their animals are livestock and the industry had dwindled under Wildlife Resources Commission oversight...

Deer farming changes debated May 12, 2015 North Carolina, WRAL.com
... Senate Bill 513, this year's omnibus Farm Bill ... One section of the bill would move the oversight of "captive cervid herds" – deer and elk farms – from the Wildlife Resources Commission to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and would allow deer to be transferred between farms within the state...

Wilkes, statewide deer harvest down in 2014-15; acorn crop cited May 8, 2015 North Carolina, Wilkes Journal Patriot
... “In years when we have a good mast crop, our harvest typically drops 5-8 percent and we receive numerous complaints about reduced deer sightings” because deer don’t have to move around as much or leave the woods to find food, said Evin Stanford...

Deer harvest is off 18 percent over 2013-14, NCWRC announces May 7, 2015 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
... In 2013-14, hunters tagged a record 188,130 whitetails. But in 2014-15, the harvest dropped a record 18.3 percent to 144,315 deer, the lowest harvest since 2005-06...

House approves bill expanding Sunday hunting April 28, 2015 North Carolina, WRAL
... The bill has pitted hunters and others who say people should be able to enjoy their chosen recreation any day of the week against churchgoers and others who say Sunday should retain its special status as a day of rest...

‘Sunday hunting’ bill about more than hunting April 27, 2015 North Carolina, Washington Daily News
...  vast differences between the two bills. The Senate bill only addresses hunting on private land on Sunday ... House Bill 640, the “Outdoor Heritage Act,” first calls for the establishment of trust fund intended to give children 16 and under more outdoor recreational opportunities ... 

Sunday hunting once again debated in NC Legislature April 24, 2015 North Carolina, Asheville Citizen-Times
... A bill clearing the way for Sunday hunting on private land has been approved by a state House committee ... North Carolina is one of only 11 states that restricts Sunday hunting. The state decided in 2010 to allow bow hunting and falconry on Sundays ...

Elmore files bill legalizing sale of deer skins in North Carolina April 22, 2015 North Carolina, Wilkes Journal Patriot
... If the legislation passes, said Elmore, hunters would still be subject to existing tagging and reporting requirements and season limits... it’s already legal to sell deer hides in most other states ...

... This has been a controversial topic amongst hunters and non hunters for some time now...

Forest Lookouts: The inextricable -- but controversial -- ties among WNC economies and the national forests April 17, 2015 North Carolina, Carolina Public Press
... Hunters ... have said that a lack of timber management has impacted the populations of deer and other game favored by hunters, thus displacing potential spending by hunters to regions with larger, more stable game populations. They are concerned that more land protections, such as wilderness, will limit the Forest Service’s ability to effectively manage the forests...

Coyote predation on fawns may demand direct attack April 17, 2015 North Carlina, Penn Live
...  after spending a lot of time and money removing a lot of coyotes, did not measure a significant increase in fawn recruitment. Thus follows the advice: If fawn recruitment is falling, reducing doe harvest is easier, cheaper and possibly more effective than spring trapping."

If you find the remains of a dead fawn in the woods this summer, could you determine what kind of predator killed it? At the 2012 Southeast Deer Study Group meeting, QDMA talked to Colter Chitwood, a Ph.D. candidate at North Carolina State University. Colter is studying the effects of coyote and bobcat predation on fawn survival rates at Fort Bragg Military Installation. During his research, Colter has become skilled at reading the signs and determining whether a fawn was killed by predators or merely scavenged after dying of other causes. If predators killed the fawn, Colter can usually determine what kind of predator is guilty based on evidence at the scene.



Bill would clear way for Sunday hunting on private land April 16, 2015 North Carolina, WRAL
... House Bill 640 is a sweeping bill that deals with a number of hunting-related topics ... the section that got the most focus ... The bill would allow hunting with firearms on Sunday on private property – not public lands ...

Two tales of timber: Managing your trees can help your wallet, wildlife April 9, 2015 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
... Logging activities stimulate succession and growth of grasses, shrubs and saplings ... deer will begin to flood the area, munching on the tender, young vegetation. This brushy, early succession phase provides three to four times the bio-energy production of a mature stand... 

NC Wildlife Commission approves new regulations for 2015-16 April 2, 215 North Carolina, Jefferson Post
... creation of a Youth Deer Hunting Day, which will coincide with National Hunting and Fishing Day ... youth under 16 will be able to use all legal weapons to hunt deer of either sex on both private lands and game lands...

Dead deer found on third-floor apartment porch at Davidson March 31, 2015 North Carolina, WSOC-TV 
... Martin Court, and then across campus another student found what appeared to be blood inside the elevator of Belk Residence Hall...

Deer-farm supporters find two friends in state senate March 31, 2015 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
...Two Republican state senators, Andrew Brock and Brent Jackson, have introduced a bill that would strip the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission of regulatory authority to manage penned-in deer and turn it over to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services... The N.C. Wildlife Federation voiced opposition to the bill...

Coyotes becoming a nuisance in Eastern North Carolina March 29, 2015 North Carolina, New Bern Sun Journal
... according to the state Wildlife Resources Commission, “Coyotes first made their appearance in Eastern North Carolina in the 1980s because of illegal translocations and releases from outside of the state for the purpose of sport hunting with hounds... 

Coyotes filling wolves' niche in southeastern US March 26, 2015 North Carolina, Phys.org
... Coyotes are native to western North America but moved to North Carolina only in the last few decades... Most impressive was the apparent top-down influence coyotes had on deer populations at Fort Bragg. A recent paper in PLoS ONE showed that coyotes killed one out of every two deer fawns born. "Only 14 percent of fawns survived for the first 16 weeks of life," ...

A new N.C. Senate proposal would transfer oversight and regulation of deer farms from the state's Wildlife Resources Commission to the Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. Bill sponsor Sen. Brent Jackson, R-Sampson, said the measure would set "the stage for an entirely new agricultural industry to take root and thrive in this state." - March 25



U.S. Forest Service Slaps Hunters in the Face March 21, 2015 North Carolina, The Tribune Papers 
... We know the deplorable state of wildlife habitat on the National Forests...  using the public input process they designed, identified wildlife habitat as the number one public concern and the draft plan reflected that. We did what they asked. To ignore that effort by those who really care about a healthy forest and wildlife is a slap in the face...

For World's Only Wild Red Wolves, a Fateful Decision March 18, 2015 North Carolina, National Geographic
... an estimated 75 to 100 red wolves roam across eastern North Carolina—the world's only wild population of red wolves...  North Carolina's Wildlife Resources Commission has asked the federal government to end its reintroduction program and to remove the wolves from private land ...

North Carolina data: An estimated 1,165,000 deer in early 2015.  Lower populations in the east.  Deer population estimated at 1.2 to 1.35 million in 2013 through 2011 (estimate from North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission).  An EHD outbreak in 2014 reduced deer populations in some areas by as much as 30 percent in 2014.  The 2014 deer harvest fell by 18.3 percent. Also contributing was a near record acorns crop so deer did not need to wander far to find food.  Another significant outbreak of EHD in 2012, but populations 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.
    Elk:  Estimated population of 140-160 in 2015.  In 2001, 25 elk were introduced with another 27 in 2002.
    Red Wolf: The world's only population of red wolves reside in North Carolina.  Thought to have a population of 75 to 100 in early 2015, the new estimate: 50 to 75. 

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Deer Management in North Carolina [PDF slide show] January, 2012
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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