I hunt in Durham, Orange, and Granville counties. The lease where I hunt the most is in Granville. We have a good sized, healthy herd with an over-abundance of does. There are some big bucks around here that almost vanish when the guns start going boom. Granville County also permits running deer with dogs, which I don't like. It stirrs the herd up too much and does not let you develop a pattern for any one particular deer, because dogs can change everything so drastically. Many guys who hunt over dogs tend to be less selective in their buck harvest. If it has antlers, it will probably get shot at. Yes, dogs do create deer movement when it would be minimal, but to me, it is not worth it. I have hunted over dogs before, and it is a little like fishing with a net versus rod & reel...it is very productive, but not as likely to offer the one man against one deer challenge I prefer.
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