Antlered deer harvest in Western North Carolina hits record high March 15, 2018

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Antlered deer harvest in Western North Carolina hits record high March 15, 2018 Asheville Citizen-Times
...  hunters reported a total 161,854 white-tailed deer (antlered, button bucks and does) killed, or harvested, across the state during the 2017-2018 hunting season, an increase of 8 percent from the 2016-2017 season... overall emerging herd we have in WNC ..,   reported data

Deer harvest for 2017-18 season sees eight percent increase March 16, 2018 North Carolina, Mountain Xpress (blog)
... increasing trends in deer harvest in western North Carolina, likely due to an emerging deer herd and improved deer habitat on private lands,” said Jon Shaw, the Commission’s deer biologist.  “In some areas we have relatively stable harvest trends, while in large portions of Eastern North Carolina, we are observing declining trends in harvest and deer numbers.” ..,
Deer harvest for 2017-18 season increased March 16, 2018 North Carolina, Elizabethtown Bladen Journal
... According to Shaw causes for deer declines can include ...Doe harvest opportunities have increased over the years ... Outbreaks of hemorrhagic disease have contributed to declines ... significant outbreaks occurred in 2012 ...  The quality of habitat may be in decline due to land use practices, including development and increased efficiency in land management, such as farming and forestry practices... Coyotes and other predators have increased in numbers over the last two decades...

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