Wildlife Agency Wants Hunter Input About Deer Management

Steven Davis of North Carolina with his crossbow buck that pushes 190-plus inches! North Carolina hunters may get a chance to hunt on Sunday if proposed legislation is approved.

Steven Davis of North Carolina with his crossbow buck that pushes 190-plus inches! North Carolina hunters may get a chance to hunt on Sunday if proposed legislation is approved.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host nine public forums across the state in June to discuss deer management in North Carolina. 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.

“White-tailed deer are the most popular hunted species in North Carolina, with more than 200,000 hunters annually taking to the field in pursuit of deer,” said Brad Howard, a wildlife biologist with the Commission. “The forums are excellent opportunities for North Carolinians to learn about deer in their respective parts of the state. We also want to provide an opportunity for deer hunters and other stakeholders to discuss deer-management issues as we plan for the future.”

The forums are not replacing regulation proposal meetings, which will be held in January 2016.

All forums are scheduled for 7-9 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

Date, District/City and Location

June 9
D-5
Graham
Southern Alamance High School
631 Southern High School Rd.
Graham, N.C. 27253

June 10
D-6
Norwood
South Stanly High School
40488 South Stanly School Rd.
Norwood, N.C. 28128

June 11
D-3
Rocky Mount
Nash Community College, Brown Auditorium
454 N. Old Carriage Rd.
Rocky Mount, N.C. 27804

June 16
D-2
New Bern
Craven Community College, Orringer Auditorium
800 College Court
New Bern, N.C. 28562

June 17
D-1
Edenton
Swain Auditorium
200 E. Church St.
Edenton, N.C. 27932

June 18
D-4
Bladenboro
Bladen Community College
7418 NC-41
Bladenboro, N.C. 28320

June 23
D-9
Clyde
Haywood Community College
185 Freedlander Dr.
Clyde, N.C. 28721

June 24
D-8
Morganton
City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium
401 S. College St.
Morganton, N.C. 28655

June 25
D-7
Elkin
Elkin High School
334 Elk Spur St.
Elkin, N.C. 28621

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