N.C. Wildlife Commission hosts public forum series on white-tailed deer management

From the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission:

Wildlife Commission Schedules Forums to Discuss White-tailed Deer

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 28, 2017) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will conduct nine interactive public forums across the state to solicit input regarding white-tailed deer management, including potential changes to seasons and bag limits. All forums will begin at 7 p.m.

In recent years, Commission biologists and technicians have intensified harvest and biological data collections to evaluate buck and doe age structures, population trends, and timing of the rut across the state. Information about this biological evaluation of the herd was presented at public deer forums across the state in the summer of 2015. As part of the evaluation process of the state’s current deer season frameworks, the Commission also conducted a statewide scientific survey of deer hunters in 2016 to understand the most critical component of deer management – the expectations and desires of deer hunters.

The upcoming forums will be used to present the 2016 survey results, discuss potential management options and solicit additional feedback from hunters and others interested in deer management. These public discussions are critical to management efforts and will help determine the best way to meet the desires of the state’s constituency while maintaining a healthy deer herd. 

It is important to note these forums are not public hearings, and the potential management options presented are not proposed regulation changes. The Commission will utilize the data gathered through the multi-year biological evaluation, deer hunter survey, and these forums before determining if any changes in deer hunting regulations will be presented at public hearings in January 2018.

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About the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Since 1947, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities. To learn more, visit www.ncwildlife.org.

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  1. Douglas Boyd

    My hope is the NC Wildlife Commission will implement Quality Deer Management Practices very soon that will lead to an increasing deer herd while producing an older age class of bucks. Lowering the number of deer tags, shortening the season, elimination of some hunting methods, and strict law enforcement are some of the methods to accomplish this.

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