The ATA is working with its members in North Carolina to address a proposed
deer-season format that would effectively eliminate the state's archery and
Mitch King, ATA's director of government affairs, and Emily Beach, ATA's
education and research manager, met in August to discuss the proposed
deer-season consolidation with ATA's North Carolina members, the North
Carolina Bowhunters Association, and the director of North Carolina's
Wildlife Resources Commission.
The Commission is considering a proposal in which rifles could be used
statewide during the entire four-month deer season, which opens in early
September and closes January 1. The existing deer-season format includes
early archery and muzzleloader seasons. Under the controversial proposal,
these special seasons would become all-in-one "weapon of choice" seasons in
which rifles are legal.
The reason for this proposal? The Commission is studying all possible
options to reduce the state's burgeoning deer population. The overly
abundant herd is causing extensive damage by eating crops, plants and trees,
and colliding with cars and trucks.
North Carolina's ATA members contacted the ATA to help fight the proposed
deer-season plan. King assured bowhunters and ATA members that the archery
industry has serious misgivings about the Commission's proposal. On behalf
of North Carolina's ATA members, ATA staff wrote a comprehensive letter of
concern that suggested several alternatives for the Commission to consider.